State basketball roundup (Dec. 31): Jones steps up as Maryland women edge Penn St., 69-65
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Jan 01, 2018 | 1:01 AM
Stephanie Jones scored the final four points and the No. 15 Maryland women's basketball team pulled out a 69-65 win at Penn State on Sunday, pushing their win streak to 11 games.
Penn State called a 30-second timeout with 1:19 to go and tied the game at 65, but were unable to inbound and the turnover resulted in Jones (Aberdeen) getting fouled and going to the line for the first time. She made both free throws and, after a Penn State miss, the Terps went deep into the shot clock before Jones scored with 12 seconds remaining. The Nittany Lions missed their two final shots.
Penn State is winless against Maryland since the Terps joined the Big Ten in 2015.
Maryland (13-2, 2-0) opened conference play by dropping 100 on Illinois Thursday, but the outcome against Penn State (9-6, 0-2) was in doubt until Jones found her shooting touch in the last minute. Maryland was 4-for-14 shooting in the final quarter.
Blair Watson led Maryland with 15 points, Jeisha Small added 14, Brianna Fraser 12 and Kristen Confroy 10. Jones finished with eight points and seven boards.
UMBC 85, Centenary (N.J.) 41: Jairus Lyles made five of the Retrievers' 17 3-pointers in scoring 17 points, and UMBC (9-6) rolled past the visiting Division-III Cyclones.
Max Portmann finished with 13 points, Lamar 12, and Sherburne 10 for UMBC (9-6), which was 17 of 34 from beyond the arc, two 3s shy of the school record. Lyles jumped two places to seventh on the Retrievers' career scoring list with 1,335 points.
LIU Brooklyn 71, Mount St. Mary's 57: Joel Hernandez scored 21 points and Raiquan Clark got his second double double of the season to lead the Blackbirds (6-9, 1-1 Northeast Conference) past the visiting Mountaineers (6-9, 0-2).
Junior Robinson and Donald Carey led the Mountaineers with 12 points apiece.
The Hawks used an 8-1 run to create a 67-59 lead, capped by a pair of Logan McIntosh free throws. McIntosh scored 12 points with six boards, Miryne Thomas scored 11 with six rebounds and Ahmad Frost had 10 points and eight rebounds.