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Maryland 85, N.C. State 70

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- DJ. Strawberry scored 18 points to help Maryland beat North Carolina State 85-70 tonight.

The Terrapins needed this win in pursuit of an NCAA tournament bid. Maryland has won three of four games but is hovering in the lower half of the league standings.

Brandon Costner scored 19 points for the Wolfpack. They have now lost three straight games since a surprising upset of North Carolina.

Maryland led through much of the first half. And after the Wolfpack fought back to tie the game, the Terrapins pulled away with a 25-to-11 run. The Terrapins led by as many as 16 points late.

The win snapped the Wolfpack's three-game winning streak in the series.

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