Alex Len dropped in a missed shot by teammate Pe'Shon Howard with 0.9 seconds left, giving Maryland a stunning 51-50 victory against No. 14 North Carolina State on Wednesday night.
Howard drove the left side and came up short on a 5-footer, but the 7-foot-1 Len grabbed the ball in front of the rim and eased it through the hoop. After the Wolfpack failed on a desperation heave on the other end, thousands of students in the sellout crowd stormed the court to celebrate Maryland's first win over a ranked team since March 3, 2010, against No. 4 Duke.
Maryland (14-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won 10 of 11 against the Wolfpack (14-3, 3-1), including five in a row at home.
NO. 13 BUTLER 62,
Andrew Smith scored 15 points, Kellen Dunham added 11 and Butler (15-2, 3-0) used a stifling defense to pull away from Richmond (11-7, 1-2) in its first Atlantic 10 Conference home game.
NO. 16 KANSAS ST. 67,
Rodney McGruder scored 21 points and Kansas State (14-2, 3-0) stretched its winning streak to seven games with a victory at Big 12 newcomer TCU (9-8, 0-4).
Adrick McKinney had 18 points and nine rebounds for TCU.
NO. 17 MISSOURI 79,
Earnest Ross scored 15 points while surviving two spills, helping Missouri (13-3, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) defeat Georgia (6-10, 0-2).
Georgia's Vincent Williams had a career-best 23 points.
NO. 18 MICHIGAN ST. 81,
PENN STATE 72
Adreian Payne scored 20 points after spending the first half on the bench following a morning scuffle with teammate Brandon Dawson as Michigan State (15-3, 4-1 Big Ten) held on to defeat Penn State (8-9, 0-5).
Payne, a sturdy 6-foot-10 forward, made up for lost time by dominating the post in the second half. He had 13 points on five of six shooting in a stretch of six-plus minutes after entering the game with about 16:30 left.
Payne added a 3-pointer in the middle of a 20-8 run to help the Spartans pull ahead in the second half.
The day got off to a rough start after an argument between roommates Dawson and Payne escalated into an exchange of punches in a second-floor lobby of a Penn State campus hotel, before the Spartans boarded a bus for the Jordan Center.
Police were called after a wall was dented at the hotel. The players were expected to pay for the damage.
NO. 19 NEW MEXICO 79,
BOISE STATE 74
Tony Snell scored 22 points and Hugh Greenwood added 15 to lead New Mexico (16-2, 3-0 Mountain West Conference) past Boise State (13-3, 1-1).
Derrick Marks scored 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting for Boise State (13-3, 1-1),
NO. 25 MARQUETTE 69,
SETON HALL 62
Reserve forward Davante Gardner scored 17 points to lead Marquette (13-3, 4-0 Big East) past injury-depleted Seton Hall (12-6, 1-4), which had just eight available players.