Maryland 85, N.C. State 70

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    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.

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    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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