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Brockington, Harrar lead Penn State men

UNIVERSITY PARK — Izaiah Brockington had 13 points, John Harrar added nine points and 12 rebounds, and Penn State beat Maryland, 55-50, on Friday night.

Jamari Wheeler added 11 points for the Nittany Lions (7-8, 4-7 Big Ten), including a pair of free throws that capped the scoring with 23 seconds left.

The Nittany Lions went 16-of-18 from the charity stripe in the final 20 minutes after not attempting a foul shot in the first half.

Eric Ayala tied a career high with 23 points for the Terrapins (10-9, 4-8).

Maryland missed its last 10 field goal attempts over the final 7:32, scoring its final six points from the foul line. Ayala made a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to 53-50 with 34 seconds to go.

Penn State also struggled down the stretch with Myles Dread making the last field goal of the game on a 3-pointer that made it 53-46 with 4:34 to go. It was the Lions’ only field goal in their final nine shots. They committed turnovers on four consecutive possessions during the final three minutes.

The Nittany Lions held Maryland to just 35.4 percent from the field and limited the Terrapins in second-chance opportunities. Penn State outrebounded Maryland 40-29 and also forced 16 turnovers.

Penn State visits Michigan State on Tuesday. Maryland hosts No. 7 Ohio State on Monday.

MARYLAND (10-8): Scott 3-7 2-3 9, Smith 0-2 2-2 2, Ayala 6-11 9-9 23, Morsell 3-8 0-0 6, Wiggins 1-11 0-0 2, Hart 2-6 0-0 4, Hamilton 2-3 0-2 4, Smart 0-0 0-0 0, Mona 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-48 13-16 50.

PENN STATE (7-8): Harrar 2-4 5-6 9, Lundy 1-7 0-0 2, Brockington 4-12 5-6 13, Jones 1-9 0-0 2, Wheeler 3-8 2-2 11, Dread 3-7 0-0 8, Sessoms 2-6 2-2 6, Buttrick 1-1 2-2 4. Totals 17-54 16-18 55.

Halftime–23-23. 3-Point Goals–Maryland 3-17 (Ayala 2-6, Scott 1-3, Hamilton 0-1, Hart 0-1, Morsell 0-3, Wiggins 0-3), Penn St. 5-23 (Wheeler 3-6, Dread 2-6, Brockington 0-1, Sessoms 0-1, Jones 0-4, Lundy 0-5). Rebounds–Maryland 26 (Scott, Morsell, Wiggins, Hart 4), Penn St. 36 (Harrar 13). Assists–Maryland 6 (Morsell 2), Penn St. 9 (Brockington, Buttrick 2). Total Fouls–Maryland 15, Penn St. 16.

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