No. 18 Maryland 97, Nebraska 86
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jake Layman scored 26 points and Diamond Stone added 23 on Friday night as 18th-ranked Maryland claimed a 97-86 Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal victory over Nebraska.
Melo Trimble added 16 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for the third-seeded Terrapins (25-7), who led by as many as 25 before 11th-seeded Nebraska (16-18) cut the lead to 92-86 on an Andrew White III 3-pointer with 1:37 to play.
Maryland then closed the game with five free throws to advance to Saturday's second semifinal against No. 2 Michigan State, the No. 2 seed.
Robert Carter added 13 points for Maryland and Rasheed Sulaimon finished with 10 points and six assists.
The Terrapins shot 60.3 percent from the field (35 of 58), including 13 of 22 from 3-point range. The 13 3s are one short of the Big Ten record.
White led Nebraska with 25 points, Shavon Shields added 19 and Taj Webster finished with 17.
The Terrapins raced to an early 18-9 lead, doubling the score with 13:47 left in the first half on a Trimble 3-pointer and never backed off, finishing the first 20 minutes with a 54-37 advantage.
Nebraska was within striking distance at 38-28 before Maryland got two free throws from Carter and back-to-back 3-pointers from Layman and Trimble for a 46-28 lead with 4:47 remaining in the half.
The Terrapins used a 6-0 burst to lead 54-33 before the Cornhuskers scored the final four points of the first half.
The Terrapins shot 71.4 percent from the field in the opening half (20 of 28), getting 17 points from Layman and 10 from Stone.
Trimble had eight points and six assists in the first half.
White III led the Cornhuskers with 10 points and Shields added nine.
Nebraska shot 46.7 percent from the field (14 of 30) in the first 20 minutes.
NOTES: Nebraska advanced to the quarterfinals with a 70-58 victory over No. 6 seed Wisconsin in the second round. ... The Cornhuskers played the Terrapins only once during the regular season, losing 70-65 on Feb. 3 in Lincoln. ... The 54 first-half points were Maryland's highest total during the opening 20 minutes this season. ... The Terrapins made 9 of 10 3-point attempts in the first half, including Layman's 5 of 6. ... Maryland came into the Big Ten Tournament only 2-3 in its final five games of the regular season.