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Maryland overcomes halftime deficit to beat D-II IUP in exhibition

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After trailing at halftime, Maryland got a scare from Division II IUP on Friday night before storming back for a 73-61 victory in College Park.

“We knew it was going to be a good game,” said coach Mark Turgeon. “We did a lot of good things in the second half, but I was a little disappointed with our physicality. I thought we played soft in the post, both offensively and defensively.”

Guard Seth Allen, part of Maryland’s strong freshman class, scored 16 points and added five assists, while sophomore Nick Faust added 13 points.

Much of the focus for Maryland this season will be on the development of big man Alex Len, who finished with eight points, six rebounds, and four blocks on Friday night.

“Defensively at times he was really good..Other times he wasn’t as good. He played a little softer than he’s been playing,” said Turgeon. “If he is going to play that many minutes he is going to have to get more rebounds for us. But during the second half he was a presence on the rim and settled in.”

The Terrapins now look forward to their season opener against defending national champion Kentucky, a game set to take place on Nov. 9 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“I feel we’re ready for Kentucky. It’s next week, we have a whole week of practice until then,” said Allen. “We’re just going to play as hard as we can and bring that to the game.”

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

POSTERIZED: Pensacola State’s Jamal Thomas dunks through block attempt, makes coach go nuts

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A solid poster dunk went down in the junior college ranks last night as Pensacola State sophomore Jamal Thomas finished a dunk through a block attempt against Northwest Florida State.

The 6-foot-3 Thomas used his power and momentum to go through the opposing shot blocker and the play made his head coach, Pete Pena, go nuts with an over-exaggerated fist pump. The video is short, but be sure to watch for Pena’s reaction near the logo at the top right of the screen.

VIDEO: Boise State robbed of insane, buzzer-beating win on incorrect timing by officials

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It looked like James Webb III of Boise State had hit the season’s craziest buzzer-beater.

With 0.8 seconds left, he caught an in-bounds pass on the run on the right wing, hoisted up a prayer of a three and watched as it banked it as the buzzer sounded.

It’s pretty fantastic:

And it also clearly left his hands before time expired, but there was a reason for that. According to the officials, the clock (for the road team, mind you) did not start when the ball was caught.

They were right.

Where they were wrong was determining that it took more than a second for Webb to catch and release the shot, meaning that they were wrong to waive off the bucket.

This awesome slo-mo clip of the shot from Matt Stephens of the Coloradoan is all the evidence I need, but if you need more, Sportscenter anchor Scott Van Pelt clocked it at 0.7 seconds:

The game would go to overtime, where Colorado State would go on to win, 97-93.

As you can imagine, Boise State players and coaches were livid with the call.

“I hope it’s not a situation where you get an apology later but don’t get the win. I don’t understand it,” head coach Leon Rice said in a radio interview after the game. “I hope they got it right somehow, some way. I don’t know. It didn’t look right to me, but I’m not the official.”

This comes just four days after officials blew a call in a game between New Mexico and San Diego State that allowed the Aztecs to force overtime and eventually beat the Lobos. (That call may have determined the outcome of the Mountain West regular season title, to boot.)

New Mexico was essentially told, “my bad”, but the league as a result.

And Boise State will probably get the same treatment despite the fact that, if the league determines that the referees botched this call as well, the tame technically was over then.

Will they have the guts to award the Broncos a road win that they earned and deserve?

I doubt it.

UPDATE: Here’s a statement from the officiating crew: