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

Dec 21, 2012, 10:44 PM EDT

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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_

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