STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Jordan Williams had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Maryland overcame a slow start in a 62-39 win over Penn State on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Dino Gregory, Sean Mosley and Terrell Stoglin had 10 points each for the Terps (6-2), playing their first true road game of the season. They had 12 first-half turnovers -- six alone in the first five minutes -- Wednesday, but held Penn State to 14 of 68 shooting (21 percent) on the night.
Talor Battle had 21 points for the Nittany Lions (5-2) in what was billed as the school's biggest nonconference game since the Jordan Center opened in 1996.
Both sides were sloppy, but Maryland clamped down defensively, and the Nittany Lions couldn't hit shots when open. Williams and Stoglin combined for 12 points in a 14-2 run to open a 19-point lead midway through the second half.
The 6-foot-10 Williams posted his sixth double-double of the season.
He was a handful up front, especially in the second half against a Penn State frontline in foul trouble much of the night.
After falling behind 7-0 early, the Terps controlled the tempo with tough defense and physical play on Battle, the Nittany Lions' do-everything guard.
Leading 35-28 with 11:45 left, Williams followed a 3-point play by Stoglin with a dunk on the break off a steal by Mosley.
Williams sliced through the lane for another layup, before Dino Gregory's dunk off a turnover by Battle capped the run to give the Terps a 49-30 lead with 8:09 left.
A healthy showing of Terps fans wearing bright red stood out among the Penn State backers attired in white. They headed home with a satisfying win and watched Maryland easily pass a road test ahead of Sunday's game against Temple.
But Brooks and Jackson were in foul trouble much of the night Wednesday and combined for just eight points on 3 of 16 shooting. Brooks did have 10 rebounds.
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