Maryland stuns No. 14 North Carolina State 51-50
- Article by: DAVID GINSBURG
- Associated Press
- January 16, 2013 - 8:30 PM
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Alex Len dropped in a missed shot by teammate Pe'Shon Howard with 00.9 seconds left, giving Maryland a stunning 51-50 victory over No. 14 North Carolina State on Wednesday night.
Howard drove the left side and came up short on a 5-footer, but the 7-foot-1 Len grabbed the ball in front of the rim and eased it through the hoop. After the Wolfpack failed on a desperation heave on the other end, thousands of students in the sellout crowd stormed the court after the final buzzer to celebrate Maryland's first win over a ranked team since March 3, 2010, against No. 4 Duke.
Len, with 10 points, was the only Terrapin to score in double figures. Maryland led for much of the game but needed Len's basket to end NC State's 10-game winning streak.
Maryland (14-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won 10 of 11 against the Wolfpack (14-3, 3-1), including five in a row at home.
Lorenzo Brown scored 17 points for NC State and C.J. Leslie had 13. The Wolfpack came in leading the NCAA with a 52.8 shooting percentage, but in this one they shot a miserable 31.1 percent.
Coming off a stunning upset of then-No. 1 Duke, the Wolfpack trailed by 10 with 9:34 left before coming back. Brown hit a jumper with 1:41 remaining to put North Carolina State up 50-49, and neither team scored again until Len's game-winner.
Down 45-43, the Wolfpack pulled even on a follow-shot by Richard Howell and took their first lead on a 3-pointer by Scott Wood with 4:37 to go. But NC State never found its shooting touch — Wood finished 3 for 13, including 3 for 11 from beyond the arc.
Maryland led 30-21 early in the second half before Brown made a pair of baskets — including a driving dunk — during a 9-2 run that cut the margin to one point.
James Padgett then scored for the Terrapins and Jake Layman popped a 3-pointer to make it 37-30. Minutes later, a 3-pointer by Howard put Maryland ahead 40-31, and a driving layup by teammate Dez Wells made it a 10-point game.
The Wolfpack went 6 1/2 minutes without a basket before a driving layup by Leslie cut the deficit to 42-35. That was part of an 8-0 spurt that got NC State to 42-40.
A horrid first half ended with Maryland leading 22-16 despite shooting 30 percent, going 0 for 6 from 3-point range and committing seven turnovers.
The Wolfpack needed more than seven minutes before getting onto the scoreboard and shot 23 percent (7 for 31) in its lowest-scoring half of the season.
Maryland got off a solid start, getting two baskets apiece from Seth Allen and Shaquille Cleare in going up 10-0. The Wolfpack opened 0 for 6 with three turnovers.
Howell ended NC State's scoring drought with a layup at the 13:52 mark, and then the Wolfpack missed their next six shots. Maryland also went cold, missing 16 straight field-goal tries over a span of nearly 12 minutes. Howard snapped the dry spell with a driving layup to put the Terrapins ahead 16-13.
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