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State basketball roundup (Feb. 14): Kaila Charles leads Terps' charge vs. Nebraska

Junior guard Kaila Charles scored 22 points, Blair Watson added 17 and No. 7 Maryland used a big third quarter to roar past Nebraska , 89-63, Thursday night for its eighth straight victory.

Standing alone atop the Big Ten, the Terrapins (23-2, 12-2) face No. 14 Iowa on the road Sunday with first place on the line. The Hawkeyes are one game back with four to play.

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Maryland gained lone possession of the top spot last Sunday, bolting to a fast start in a rout of Rutgers. The Terrapins used a similar approach against Nebraska, hitting their first four shots for a 9-0 lead.

The Cornhuskers stayed within striking distance until Taylor Mikesell hit a pair of 3-pointers in a 16-0 run that made it 69-45 entering the fourth quarter.

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Nicea Eiely scored 18 points for the Cornhuskers (11-14, 6-8), who have lost five of seven. Freshman Leigha Brown, coming off a 30-point performance against Purdue on Sunday, was limited to five points.

The Cornhuskers' first possession resulted in a shot-clock violation, and they had seven turnovers over the first four minutes while Maryland went up 14-4.

Nebraska never pulled even, and the Terrapins ended all suspense with their pivotal 16-point spree over a three-minute span. Brianna Fraser started the run with a layup and Watson closed it out with a buzzer-beating shot from beyond the arc.

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Mount St. Mary's 76, Robert Morris 62: Vado Morse had 21 points to lead the Mountaineeers. Morse, a freshman guard from Bullis, shot 10-for-12 from the foul line.

Jalen Gibbs had 14 points and eight rebounds for Mount St. Mary's (7-19, 4-9 Northeast Conference ). Dee Barnes added 12 points.

Josh Williams had 16 points for the Colonials (13-13, 8-5). Jon Williams added 14 points. Charles Bain had nine rebounds.

The Mountaineers evened the season series against the Colonials with the win. Robert Morris defeated Mount St. Mary's 62-59 on Jan. 5. Mount St. Mary's faces Wagner at home on Saturday. Robert Morris faces St. Francis (Pa.) on the road on Saturday.

Delaware 78, Towson 71, 2OT: The visiting Blue Hens (16-11, 8-6 Colonial Athletic Association) outscored the Tigers (9-17, 5-8), 11-4, in the second overtime to win.

Brian Fobbs had 29 points for Towson and Ryan Allen had 30 points for Delaware. Fobbs made a 3-pointer with eight seconds left in regulation to tie the score at 64 and force the first overtime.

Towson led 67-65 with 2:26 left in the second overtime before Allen made two free throws with 40 seconds left to tie the score at 67 and force a second overtime.

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