Maryland Terrapins big man Jalen Smith threw down a massive dunk in the team's win over Belmont on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
The LSU Tigers held off a determined Yale second half come back to knock off the Bulldogs 79-74 as a 6.5 point favorite to advance to round two of the NCAA's. That one play saved their season and tournament run. Ultimately, it was the defense that won the game for the Terps. They are led by their point guard Anthony Cowan who averages 16 points per game. The Terrapins struggled to hit from beyond the arc, while Belmont lived at the three-point line thanks to 35 points from Senior All-American wing Dylan Windler, who went 7 of 13 from long range.
No. 6-seed Maryland's battle with the No. 11-seed Bruins was a contrast of styles throughout.
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Windler ended the Bruins' drought with five straight points, and the lead changed hands five times from there. He also dished out six assists. Much had been made of their propensity to give away needless turnovers. The Bruins grabbed the rebound, and instead of using their final timeout while down one, they made a decision to try to run the clock down and take the last shot for the win.
Five is by far the fewest turnovers Maryland has committed all season.
The Maryland Terrapins were locked in a dogfight with the Belmont Bruins late in the second half when a scramble turned into an emphatic highlight for one of the best freshmen in the country. The Terps' next opponent, LSU, is extremely athletic and had seven steals against Yale in their opening-round victory.