RALEIGH, N.C. – Last week, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon encouraged his uptight team to relax, have more fun and not let the weight of the season's expectations become a burden.
On Monday night, the Terps encountered a struggling, depleted North Carolina State team even more in need of inner peace than they were.
It turned out to be N.C. State that ended the night with something to smile about — a 65-56 victory in which the Terps surrendered an 11-point lead. How could the Terps have any fun when they lost to a Wolfpack team missing its leading scorer and rebounder — T.J. Warren — with an ankle injury?
“It's a bad loss for us,” said forward Charles Mitchell, who had 18...