Sophomore stars help Maryland hold off Wisconsin, 68-63
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(AP) Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 23 points, Kevin Huerter added 19 and Maryland squeezed past Wisconsin 68-63 Sunday to stretch the Badgers’ losing streak to five games.
The defeat ended Wisconsin’s Big Ten-record run of 17 straight winning seasons in conference play. Using a starting lineup that featured three freshmen and two juniors, the rebuilding Badgers (10-15, 3-9) rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit before fading.
Huerter’s driving layup with 1:25 left put the Terrapins up 62-60. After a Wisconsin misfire on the other end, Huerter bounced a runner off the glass.
Brad Davison answered with a 3-pointer for the Badgers with 10.6 seconds left. Cowan then made two foul shots for a three-point cushion, and Maryland’s Dion Wiley sealed the victory by swatting away a layup try by Davison.
The Terrapins (16-9, 5-7) ended a three-game skid and won for only the second time in seven games.
Ethan Happ scored 18 points for Wisconsin, which has lost eight of nine. The Badgers are 1-8 on road, including 1-6 in the conference.
After being outscored 18-1 by Northwestern at the outset of Thursday night’s game, Wisconsin flipped the script and bolted to an 18-11 lead.
Maryland went ahead with an 11-3 run, then scored the final 11 points of the first half to go up 33-23.
The advantage stood up until Davison and Nate Reuvers each scored four points in an 11-2 spree that put Wisconsin on top with 9:42 remaining.
Maryland won despite 9-for-22 shooting in the second half.
Wisconsin: Barring a stunning turnaround, the Badgers will need to win the Big Ten Tournament to get an NCAA bid. Coach Greg Gard can only hope this youthful squad will benefit in 2018-19 from the experience gained this season.
Maryland: The Terrapins’ tepid performance against a young, struggling team did little to convince anyone that they have the ability to finish this disappointing season with a flourish.
The Terrapins were without 7-foot-1 center Michal Cekovsky, who was in a walking boot after bruising his left heel in practice last week. Maryland lost Justin Jackson (shoulder) and Ivan Bender (knee) in December.
RED AND WHITE
Maryland encouraged fans to wear red on “Red-Out Day,” so the Terps wore their red road uniforms and the Badgers wore white.
Wisconsin: On the road Thursday at Illinois, a team the Badgers have defeated 12 straight times.
Maryland: At Penn State on Wednesday. The Terps beat the Nittany Lions 75-69 on Jan. 2.