It was as if the Terps were trying to buy time while waiting for Stoglin to become his accustomed self, or for someone else to pick up the slack.

While Stoglin was off his game, Maryland was hanging around by pushing the ball inside. Maryland’s first half was highlighted by a pair of alley-oop dunks by Mychal Parker, both on passes from Howard.   And the Terps were getting to the foul line, having shot twice as many free throws as the Hurricanes midway through the second half.

Miami, in its first season under former George Mason coach Jim Larranaga, was led by two experienced guards -- senior Malcolm Grant and Scott -- and entered the night ranked second in the conference in 3-point shooting percentage.

Scott shot 11-for-14 with eight rebounds and seven assists before fouling out.

“I thought he had a really gritty performance, efficient,” Miami assistant coach Eric Konkol said. “And he really made it tough on the leading scorer in the ACC.”

Larranaga was not expected to be at the game because of flu-like symptoms. But he showed up. “Miraculous comeback,” Konkol said of the coach.

Konkol said of the game: “Never [seen] anything like this. It was an amazing day. It feels like a 48-hour day.”

Turgeon began the game with a shuffled starting lineup. He started Faust, the freshman, instead of Howard.

Maryland got a lift from center Alex Len, who came off the bench to score 11 points and collect seven rebounds.

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