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COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Fresh off two wins in the College Park Regional of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer, the Maryland Terrapins take a break from the preseason tournament (which resumes Thursday at Madison Square Garden) to host the Maine Black Bears (1-0) of the America East Conference this afternoon.
After trailing much of the game to the College of Charleston Wednesday night, the Terps pulled it out in the closing seconds as freshman Pe’Shon Howard hit a fadeaway jumper with 4.6 seconds left to give Maryland a closer-than-expected 75-74 victory.
Gary Williams and the Terps will have to fight the temptation to look ahead to this week’s trip to New York City and a meeting with Pittsburgh on Thursday night. Maine was picked as the America East favorite by the Sporting News and comes off a 19-win season last year, which included a victory over Boston College in Chestnut Hill.
This afternoon’s game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet with Steve Buckhantz and Ron Thompson calling the action. As we do for every Terps game, we’ll have the Turtle Power chat open for discussion, as I come to you live from Comcast Center. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the latest happenings from College Park.