Maryland center Diamond Stone tangles with Wisconsin forward Vitto Brown late in the first half, leading to a technical foul on Stone.
Maryland center Diamond Stone tangles with Wisconsin forward Vitto Brown late in the first half, leading to a technical foul on Stone. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

The Maryland men's basketball team needed a lot more than Diamond Stone in the second half of its game Saturday against Wisconsin.

But the Terps were perhaps lucky to have Stone on the court for as long as they did in the 70-57 loss.

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Near the end of the first half, the freshman center, a Milwaukee native, got tangled up near the baseline. Stone chose to use Badgers forward Vitto Brown's head to steady himself.

Stone and Wisconsin forward Charlie Thomas (River Hill) were issued matching technical fouls after a video review. Lead official DJ Carstensen told a pool reporter that Stone was called for a flagrant-contact technical foul, and did not elaborate further.

Postgame, coaches Mark Turgeon and Greg Gard said they didn't have a clear view of the incident. Maryland senior guard Rasheed Sulaimon said he had talked to Stone after the game.

"We had a one-on-one talk," Sulaimon said. "When you give your heart out in this game, everything you go through, from June all the way through February, emotions flare sometimes. You get competitive. Things happen. We had a conversation about it. He's going to grow and he's going to learn and he's going to be better going forward."

Brown finished with a game-high 21 points. Stone had 10, and now faces the question of whether he'll play Thursday at Minnesota.

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