No. 3 Maryland downs No. 6 Baylor to advance to Preseason NIT semifinals

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Justin Jackson had 23 points and Jonathan Graham added 18 to lead No. 3 Maryland to a 79-76 victory over No. 6 Baylor on Wednesday night in the second round of…

No. 3 Maryland downs No. 6 Baylor to advance to Preseason NIT semifinals

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Justin Jackson had 23 points and Jonathan Graham added 18 to lead No. 3 Maryland to a 79-76 victory over No. 6 Baylor on Wednesday night in the second round of the Preseason NIT.

Carter Kiely and Nick Faust had 13 points apiece and Terrell Stoglin finished with 11 for the Terrapins (2-0), who advanced to play at UCLA on Saturday.

Mark Vital had 21 points and seven rebounds for Baylor (2-1), which had won six straight against Maryland. James Dunlap and Terence Wiley added 11 points apiece and Johnathan Motley had 10.

Trailing by as many as six points in the second half, Baylor held Maryland scoreless for more than five minutes, but the Terrapins responded with a 10-0 run to make it 74-71. Kiely connected on a baseline jumper with 51 seconds left, giving Maryland a four-point lead. Baylor missed its next two shots and had two opportunities to tie the game, but Keita Bates-Diop hit a pair of free throws with four seconds remaining to clinch the victory.

Maryland shot 49 percent from the field and Baylor made just 35 percent, and converted 23 of 30 free-throw attempts.

The Bears jumped out to a 13-3 lead as Maryland’s long-range shooting was nonexistent. Baylor led 30-16 with 5:02 left in the first half after a 3-pointer by Vital, but the Terrapins stormed back with an 11-0 run to trail 32-31 at halftime.

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