- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - After allowing a game with Michigan to turn into a perimeter shooting contest, No. 3 Maryland finally began asserting itself inside with freshman Diamond Stone in the second half.

If the Terrapins had done that from the beginning, they might have avoided an upset.

“I think we settled for too many jump shots,” the 6-foot-11, 255-pound Stone said. “I think we need to be more aggressive. If we go hard to the hole we’re either making a shot or we’re getting fouled.”

Stone had 22 points and 11 rebounds, helping the Terps rally in the second half, but Michigan held on for a 70-67 victory Tuesday night, snapping Maryland’s nine-game winning streak.

Zak Irvin scored 22 points for sharp-shooting Michigan, and Maryland’s Rasheed Sulaimon missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds.



The Wolverines (13-4, 3-1 Big Ten) held Maryland’s backcourt duo of Sulaimon and Melo Trimble to 10 points on 4-of-17 shooting.

Michigan was without guard Caris LeVert, its leading scorer. The senior missed a third straight game with a lower left leg injury.

Derrick Walton had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolverines, and Duncan Robinson added 17 points.

Maryland (15-2, 4-1) had been an NCAA-best 15-1 in games decided by six points or fewer since 2014-15.

Michigan led by as many as 13 points in the second half, but the Terrapins came all the way back behind Stone, who scored 19 after halftime. Maryland took a brief lead at 57-56, but the Wolverines made enough big shots down the stretch.

Michigan led 67-59 after 3-pointers by Walton and Irvin, but Maryland made one last run. Stone cut the deficit to two when he made two free throws with 40 seconds left, but after Walton missed at the other end, Mark Donnal came up with the rebound.

After a timeout, Michigan inbounded to Donnal, who was fouled. He made only one of two free throws, but Sulaimon’s tying attempt from beyond the arc missed.

“We got a good look. We really did,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. “Think about, if we just would have come up with the rebound before that and didn’t have to foul him. But we didn’t.”

Michigan shot 12 of 29 from 3-point range.

Jake Layman scored 18 points for the Terps, and Robert Carter added 15. Layman scored 11 points in the first half, helping Maryland stay in it despite a strong start by the Wolverines, who led 37-29 at halftime.

It was 44-33 after Donnal’s layup on a fast break, and a four-point play by Walton made it 48-35.

“I think we gave them confidence in the first half. We let them get too many open 3s,” Layman said. “Second half I think we played a little better on defense, contested a lot more shots. But yeah, they hit some tough shots.”

PICK YOUR POISON

Michigan paid plenty of attention to Trimble and Maryland’s perimeter threats, with Donnal in position to help when the Terps would set screens near the top of the key. That gave Stone room to operate inside, and he took advantage.

“We decided to just go with our regular action … and see if they could beat us with 2s,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “And then they were really beating us with 2s.”

Stone went 7 of 13 from the field and 8 of 9 on free throws.

Trimble made a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left to beat Wisconsin last weekend, but he was only 1 of 7 from the field Tuesday.

TIP-INS

Maryland: The Terps were playing an away game against Michigan for the first time since 1927. … Maryland had nine turnovers in the first half and only three in the second.

Michigan: The Wolverines’ bench was outscored 22-6, but all 22 of Maryland’s points came from Stone.

UP NEXT

Maryland: Hosts Ohio State on Saturday.

Michigan: Plays at No. 16 Iowa on Sunday.

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