COLLEGE PARK — As haplessly as Maryland has fared against Penn State in football, there was some solace that the pendulum had swung the other direction in men’s basketball.
Not necessarily though. Since the Terps joined the Big Ten in 2014, they held a slight 8-7 edge against the Nittany Lions, who won the last meeting, 65-64, in the regular-season finale March 5.
Maryland earned a measure of redemption Wednesday night as the inside-outside combination of Jahmir Young and Julian Reese combined for 52 points to help defeat visiting Penn State, 81-75, in overtime before an announced 15,290 at Xfinity Center.
Young, a fifth-year senior point guard, compiled 28 points, eight rebounds and three assists and leads all active Big Ten players with 45 20-point games. Reese, a junior power forward from Baltimore who graduated from St. Frances, amassed 24 points and 15 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season and his fourth 20-point, 10-rebound performance of his career.
Freshman small forward Jamie Kaiser Jr. chipped in career highs in points (10) and steals (four) before fouling out with 1:45 left in overtime. That trio helped offset a rough showing for fifth-year senior small forward Donta Scott, who scored only four points and had as many turnovers (two) as field goals but did grab 10 rebounds.
The victory not only helped the Terps (5-4, 1-1 Big Ten) rebound from their Big Ten-opening 65-53 loss at Indiana on Friday, but it also helped them avoid their third 0-2 start in the league in the past four seasons. They also dodged what would have been their worst opening nine games since the 1986-87 squad started 3-6.
Maryland collected its 16th consecutive win at Xfinity Center, joining Boise State and Vermont for the seventh-longest streak at home. The team has not suffered a setback in College Park since Dec. 14, when UCLA rolled to an 87-60 victory.
The game might not have needed overtime if the Terps had capitalized more often on their free throws. They shot 26-for-33 in regulation before finishing 30-for-39 for the game.
But the Terps continued to find their offensive rhythm at home, where they are averaging 82.4 points versus just 54.3 on the road.
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The Nittany Lions (4-5, 0-1) dropped their fifth game in a row and have not won since Nov. 17, when they pummeled Morehead State, 74-51. The loss was their third in the past four meetings in the series with Maryland.
Sophomore point guard Kanye Clary paced Penn State with 25 points and four rebounds, while senior shooting guard Ace Baldwin Jr. (St. Frances) added 16 points and five assists. Graduate student power forward Qudus Wahab, who spent the 2021-22 season with the Terps, finished with six points and nine rebounds before fouling out.
This is Penn State’s first year without coach Micah Shrewsberry, who was named March 23 as Notre Dame’s new leader after taking the Nittany Lions to the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2000-01 season. Six days later, the university announced it had hired Mike Rhoades from Virginia Commonwealth.
With the score tied at 71 after regulation, Maryland scored the first five points in overtime. After the Nittany Lions answered with four straight points, the Terps got a layup-and-one from freshman shooting guard DeShawn Harris-Smith and two free throws from Young to cement the final score.
Trailing 30-28 at halftime, Maryland went on a 9-5 spurt to take its first lead at 37-35 with 16:21 left in the second half on a jumper-and-one by Young.
The Nittany Lions responded with a 9-0 run over a 2:52 stretch. Two free throws by Reese ended a 5:13 drought for the Terps and sparked a 14-5 burst in a 4:16 span for a 51-49 lead with 6:52 remaining.
The teams traded baskets and the lead over the final 6:52. With Maryland clinging to a 71-69 advantage with 4.6 seconds left, Baldwin drew a foul from senior point guard Jahari Long on a pass to halfcourt and hit both free throws to tie the score with 4.1 seconds remaining. Young’s short-range floater at the buzzer was short, and the game went to overtime.
The Nittany Lions took a 3-0 lead on a layup and free throw by Baldwin in the first minute of the game and maintained that advantage until late in the first half. When Clary’s jumper pushed Penn State’s lead to 15-7 near the midway point, Terps coach Kevin Willard was forced to use a timeout instead of waiting for the under-12 media timeout.
The stoppage didn’t seem to help much as the Nittany Lions scored five of the game’s next seven points to enjoy a 20-9 advantage with 10:15 remaining — their largest of the game. But a 3-pointer by Young, Maryland’s first of the half, ignited an 11-2 run that narrowed the deficit to just two points at 22-20 with 4:50 left.
Clary’s 3-pointer extended Penn State’s lead to five, but Kaiser hit a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer to lift the Terps into a tie at 25 with 3:07 remaining.
But the Nittany Lions outscored Maryland, 5-3, in the final 2:44 to take a 30-28 lead into halftime.
This story will be updated.
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