JACKSONVILLE, Fl. (WJZ) — Maryland was bounced from the NCAA Tournament in the Round of 32 following a 69-67 loss to LSU in the final seconds of Saturday’s matchup.
Tied 67-67 with just two seconds remaining in the game, LSU’s Tremont Waters kissed a layup off the backboard to put the team ahead by two.
A last second full-court shot from Maryland missed, eliminating the team from the tournament.
The Terrapins (23-10, 13-7 Big Ten) had to battle back from a lackluster first half to pull within striking distance of the Tigers (27-6, 16-2 SEC).
Maryland went into the locker room down 38-29 at the end of the first half.
The team struggled with three-point shooting after the first 20 minutes. The Terrapins went just 5-18 from behind the arc in the first half.
The Tigers went on a late 10-0 run to take a 30-15 lead over the Terrapins with under six minutes left in the first half.
Maryland was able to cut into the deficit to make it a nine point game heading into the second half.
Maryland shot just 27 percent from the field in the first half, while LSU shot 47 percent.
In the second half, the Terrapins transitioned to a 2-3 zone that the Tigers had difficulty solving.
LSU shot just 37 percent from the field on the day following a stellar first half performance.
Maryland also struggled shooting from the field, hitting only 33 percent of its shots. The team also struggled from the foul line, which hurt them down the stretch.
The Terrapins shot only 69 percent from the free throw line.
A win would have sent Maryland to the Sweet 16 for the first time since the 2015-16 season.
LSU will move on and face the winner of Minnesota/Michigan State in the Sweet 16.
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