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Maryland holds off Stony Brook in second half to win 10th straight

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Our own Rob Dauster said Maryland was on upset alert Friday night against Stony Brook, and it almost came to be.

After leading by 13 points at halftime, Maryland allowed Stony Brook back into it, with the Sea Wolves cutting the deficit to just two points, 71-69, after an Anthony Jackson three-pointer with 34 seconds to play.

Maryland hit 5-of-6 free throws as a team down the stretch and Stony Brook went cold from beyond the arc, allowing the Terrapins to escape with a 76-69 victory at Comcast Center in College Park, Md.

Alex Len continued his breakout sophomore season for Maryland with a near double-double of 19 points and nine rebounds, while former Xavier guard Dez Wells added 19 of his own.

Part of Stony Brook’s success Friday night should be attributed to its impressive efficiency. The Sea Wolves turned the ball over just four (4) times all night, giving them a +8 turnover margin and a chance to stay in the game until the final moments.

The win brings Maryland to 10-1 overall on the season, including an undefeated 8-0 at home. The Terrapins will likely move into the Top 25 when polls are released next week.

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

POSTERIZED: Texas A&M-CC with an off-the-backboard dunk

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This is pretty nice from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who has made a habit out of getting themselves on the highlight reel.

Here’s another angle of the dunk:

UNLV’s Stephen Zimmerman out with a knee injury

UNLV forward Stephen Zimmerman Jr. shoots against San Diego State during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
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The injury Stephen Zimmerman suffered on Saturday will keep the star UNLV freshman out for at least a week, a source told NBC Sports.

The injury is not thought to be serious, however. Zimmerman may be kept out for longer as a precaution, but that’s a result of the Runnin’ Rebels being in a situation where the rest of their regular season is relatively meaningless.

They’re not getting an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament regardless of how they finish out league play. With back-up center Ben Carter out with a torn ACL, it’s more important to make sure that Zimmerman, who is averaging 10.6 points and 9.1 boards this season, is totally healthy for the Mountain West tournament.

That tournament, mind you, will be played at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.

So the Runnin’ Rebels, regardless of how poor they’ve played this season, will always have a chance to land an automatic bid.

Anyway, the more interesting aspect of this story is how Zimmerman injured the knee. It was a completely avoidable play that came after the whistle, but I’m not sure it was what you would call a “dirty play”. You tell me: