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Penn State set to close out 2018 recruiting class on Wednesday

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Kristopher Love | 09 February, 2018, 08:36

Penn State was successfully able to avenge its 75-69 loss to Maryland on January 2 behind 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting from sophomore forward Lamar Stevens, and 16 points and six assists from his longtime teammate Tony Carr.

Cowan led the Terps with 15 points. You watch him in high school, very similar to a Michal Menet (the former Exeter standout who's a sophomore guard at Penn State), and you say, 'Hey, this guy could possibly play defensive line for us'. The lack of depth, scoring options, and high number of turnovers is not a recipe for success for an under-manned team to win any game, let alone on the road.

Penn State signed defensive linemen Aeneas Hawkins, PJ Mustipher, Judge Culpepper and Oweh, while Franklin acknowledged that early enrollee linebacker Nick Tarburton "creates flexibility with linebacker or defensive line, which is how he was recruited". Carr finished with 16 points and six assists on the night, while Reaves had 14 points and Watkins 11.

Creating the TO - Penn State forced 20 Iowa turnovers and collected 12 steals, the sixth time this season it forced 20-plus turnovers and 13th game with double-digit steals.

Maryland (16-10, 5-8), will travel home and host the Northwestern Wildcats in a Saturday game at noon broadcasted on ESPN2. The Hoosiers shot 50 percent from the field and attempted 20 more free throws than the Illini. This class can compete with Ohio State's star-studded group and lead to another stacked roster in Happy Valley.

Penn State has the No. 2 class in the Big Ten, and the No. 5 class in the country. Freshman Darryl Morsell's layup assisted by fellow freshman Bruno Fernando pushed the Terps lead to 10-4 three minutes into the game.

Leading 33-32 after two straight 3-point shots by Cowan, Maryland scored just once in its last seven possessions of the first half and was outscored 9-2 by the Nittany Lions.

For Penn State, missing out on two highly regarded receivers on signing day might not hold the level of disappointment it might have experienced if it came at the expense of another position.

Walker was the cornerstone of a North Point High School offense that averaged 37 points per game and produced a 1,000-yard rusher from the quarterback position.

Heading into the traditional signing day, Penn State's recruiting class ranks fourth in the nation, behind top-ranked Ohio State, Georgia and Texas.

On the season, Penn State basketball averages 76.2 points, 36.5 rebounds and 14.1 assists per game. A pair of Page free throws made it a 73-75 game with Penn State within a hair of completing a comeback. The 4 p.m. ET tipoff between the Lady Lions and Golden Gophers will air live on the Big Ten Network, as well as on the airwaves of the Penn State Radio Network.