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Stevens, Penn State have easy time with No. 17 Maryland

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Penn State is trying to avoid a last-place finish in the Big Ten, but the Nittany Lions aren't playing like a team that looks like it belongs there right now.

Lamar Stevens scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half, and Penn State had an easy time with No. 17 Maryland in a 78-61 win on Wednesday night.

Myles Dread had 17 points and Myreon Jones added 10 for the Nittany Lions (12-16, 5-12 Big Ten), who led for all but 51 seconds to win their third in a row and fourth of five.

''We knew we were talented,'' Stevens said. ''It's just another level of toughness and focus that you have to dial in to win in this league.''

The Nittany Lions channeled both against the Terrapins (21-8, 12-6).

They took control in the first half with possibly their best 20 minutes of play since they won the NIT last season. Penn State forced eight turnovers, turned them into 12 points and took the lead for good with a 13-2 run that broke a 3-3 tie less than two minutes in.

Dread was 3 for 6 from beyond the arc in the half while Josh Reaves and Myreon Jones added back-to-back 3-pointers over the final 1:36. John Harrar made a layup, drew a foul and hit his free throw to give Penn State a 42-20 lead at halftime.

''If you go back and watch us in November and December and now you watch us, that's growth,'' coach Patrick Chambers said. ''You want to be the best you can be by the end of the year and we're doing that.''

Anthony Cowan Jr. led Maryland (21-8, 12-6) with 15 points, and Aaron Wiggins chipped in 11.

''We weren't very good from the beginning to the end tonight,'' coach Mark Turgeon said. ''I'm going to take all the blame for that. I don't know what we did different, but we weren't very good.''

Penn State led by 29 at one point in the second half.

HOT STARTS

Reaves opened the game with a steal, swiping the ball from Darryl Morsell before dishing to Dread, who started the scoring with a 3-pointer.

The second-half start was worse for Maryland. Stevens drew an early foul before Reaves foiled the Terps' next possession with another of his four steals on the night. Less than five minutes later, Stevens dunked to give Penn State a 49-24 lead and prompt Turgeon to send five fresh players to the scorers' table.

''I was just searching,'' Turgeon said. ''We fouled the shooter, turned it over our first possession, then we don't run back on defense. That was about all I could take.''

TOUGH D

Cowan, Maryland's leading scorer at 16 points per game, was held off the scoreboard for the first 18 minutes before he made the Terps' final bucket of the first half. He played the entire half.

NOTABLE NUMBERS

Stevens has scored 20 or more points in eight of Penn State's last 10 games. Jamari Wheeler's seven assists tied his career high.

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: The Terps will be glad to be done with their road schedule. They went just 5-5 as the visitors and were outscored by double digits three times.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions are looking more like the team many thought they'd be earlier in the season. They hadn't won three straight regular-season games in over a year.

UP NEXT

Maryland: Hosts No. 9 Michigan on Sunday.

Penn State: Visits No. 19 Wisconsin on Saturday.

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Key Players
A. Cowan Jr.
1 G
L. Stevens
11 F
36.4 Min. Per Game 36.4
19.7 Pts. Per Game 19.7
2.1 Ast. Per Game 2.1
8.0 Reb. Per Game 8.0
40.6 Field Goal % 43.3
34.3 Three Point % 22.5
83.1 Free Throw % 77.8
  Defensive rebound by Trent Buttrick 6.0
  Eric Ayala missed 3-pt. jump shot 8.0
  Defensive rebound by Ricky Lindo 16.0
  Trent Buttrick missed 3-pt. jump shot 18.0
+ 2 Eric Ayala made layup 45.0
  Bad pass turnover on Rasir Bolton 55.0
  Defensive rebound by Rasir Bolton 1:18
  Joshua Tomaic missed layup 1:20
+ 1 Josh Reaves made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:37
+ 1 Josh Reaves made 1st of 2 free throws 1:37
  Personal foul on Aaron Wiggins 1:37
Team Stats
Points 61 78
Field Goals 23-56 (41.1%) 27-59 (45.8%)
3-Pointers 2-19 (10.5%) 7-20 (35.0%)
Free Throws 13-15 (86.7%) 17-21 (81.0%)
Total Rebounds 33 34
Offensive 10 10
Defensive 22 19
Team 1 5
Assists 7 16
Steals 4 11
Blocks 2 2
Turnovers 16 10
Fouls 16 15
Technicals 0 1
15 PTS, 2 REB
24 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo 17 Maryland 21-8 204161
home team logo Penn State 12-16 423678
Team Stats
away team logo 17 Maryland 21-8 71.4 PPG 42.4 RPG 13.1 APG
home team logo Penn State 12-16 69.7 PPG 40.2 RPG 12.2 APG
Key Players
1
A. Cowan Jr. G 15.6 PPG 3.7 RPG 4.4 APG 39.3 FG%
11
L. Stevens F 19.9 PPG 7.7 RPG 2.1 APG 42.2 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Cowan Jr. G 15 PTS 2 REB 0 AST
L. Stevens F 24 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
41.1 FG% 45.8
10.5 3PT FG% 35.0
86.7 FT% 81.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Cowan Jr. 15 2 0 6/11 0/4 3/4 3 37 1 0 5 0 2
B. Fernando 9 8 2 3/6 0/0 3/4 3 27 0 1 5 2 6
J. Smith 9 6 0 4/11 1/2 0/0 2 30 0 1 1 4 2
D. Morsell 6 4 1 1/5 0/2 4/4 2 25 2 0 4 1 3
E. Ayala 6 3 1 3/7 0/4 0/0 0 27 0 0 0 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Cowan Jr. 15 2 0 6/11 0/4 3/4 3 37 1 0 5 0 2
B. Fernando 9 8 2 3/6 0/0 3/4 3 27 0 1 5 2 6
J. Smith 9 6 0 4/11 1/2 0/0 2 30 0 1 1 4 2
D. Morsell 6 4 1 1/5 0/2 4/4 2 25 2 0 4 1 3
E. Ayala 6 3 1 3/7 0/4 0/0 0 27 0 0 0 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Wiggins 11 5 2 5/11 0/4 1/1 2 21 1 0 0 3 2
S. Smith Jr. 5 2 1 1/4 1/3 2/2 1 17 0 0 0 0 2
J. Tomaic 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 1
R. Mona 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
R. Lindo 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 9 0 0 1 0 1
I. Bender - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Terrell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Valmon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ramsey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 61 32 7 23/56 2/19 13/15 16 200 4 2 16 10 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Stevens 24 5 1 9/17 1/3 5/6 3 35 2 1 0 2 3
M. Dread 17 3 3 4/10 3/8 6/8 3 32 0 0 0 1 2
J. Harrar 9 4 0 4/7 0/0 1/1 0 22 3 0 0 2 2
J. Reaves 5 5 3 1/6 1/4 2/2 2 35 4 0 1 2 3
J. Wheeler 1 4 7 0/1 0/0 1/2 4 24 1 0 3 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Stevens 24 5 1 9/17 1/3 5/6 3 35 2 1 0 2 3
M. Dread 17 3 3 4/10 3/8 6/8 3 32 0 0 0 1 2
J. Harrar 9 4 0 4/7 0/0 1/1 0 22 3 0 0 2 2
J. Reaves 5 5 3 1/6 1/4 2/2 2 35 4 0 1 2 3
J. Wheeler 1 4 7 0/1 0/0 1/2 4 24 1 0 3 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Jones 10 0 1 4/5 2/3 0/0 0 8 1 0 0 0 0
M. Watkins 6 1 0 3/6 0/0 0/0 2 16 0 1 0 0 1
R. Bolton 6 4 1 2/6 0/1 2/2 1 25 0 0 6 1 3
T. Buttrick 0 3 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 1 2
D. Zemgulis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Hazle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Nussbaum - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Brockington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Kasatkin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. McCloskey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 78 29 16 27/59 7/20 17/21 15 200 11 2 10 10 19