What has gotten into this Penn State basketball team? After an 0-10 start in the Big Ten, the Nittany Lions have won five of their last seven including tonight's stomping of No. 17 Maryland by a final count of 78-61. The hosts never trailed in a game that was never particularly close, as Myles Dread came out of the gates firing. So hot was the freshman, that he outscored the Terps by himself 15 to 11 over the opening ten minutes of the game.
This win marks the largest margin of victory in this series since the Terrapins joined the Big Ten in 2015 and Penn State's third win over Maryland during that stretch. The Nittany Lions' defense was outstanding all night, save for a somewhat nervy stretch in the thick of the second half, holding the No. 17 team to .614 points per possession over 40 minutes. Lamar Stevens was huge as usual, scoring a game-high 24 points on 9-17 shooting from the floor. Jamari Wheeler's blossoming continued with seven assists in 24 minutes.
Penn State still sits 13th in the Big Ten at 5-12, but the path to a bye in the conference tournament is very real with the Lions sitting just one game behind Rutgers for 10th place and two games behind Minnesota in 8th. More on tonight's upset coming soon.