After suffering their second conference loss at No. 23 Indiana earlier this week, No. 13 Maryland looked to rebound with a win over Northwestern. That proved to be much easier said than done, with Chris Collins’ Wildcats shooting very well in their first-ever game at the xFinity Center in College Park. Leading the way for Northwestern was freshman point guard Bryant McIntosh, who shot 10-for-14 from the field and scored 21 points while also dishing out four assists.
Northwestern led by as much as 14 in the first half, but when it comes to closing out big wins the Wildcats have been unable to do so this season. And that’s how things played out Sunday night, with Maryland’s Dez Wells capping a wild final minute with a put-back with 1.4 seconds remaining to give the Terrapins the 68-67 victory.
After two Melo Trimble free throws with 19.6 seconds remaining gave Maryland a one-point lead, Tre Demps answered with a jumper from the left elbow to give the Wildcats a 67-66 lead with 9.3 seconds to go. That proved to be too much time for Maryland, as in one motion Wells rebounded Trimble’s missed three-pointer and banked in the follow.
Since beating Rutgers in their conference opener Northwestern’s dropped six straight, with four of the losses being by five points or less (the last three by a total of five points) and a fifth coming in overtime at Michigan State.
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