With 53 seconds left in the Maryland Terrapins’ game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, sophomore guard Anthony Cowan had the ball in his hands at the 3-point line, and once again, the fate of the game rested with him.
Down by one, Cowan lined up his shot and took it. But the potential game-winning shot was batted away by Nebraska guard Gwynn Watson, Jr. and rebounded by the Cornhuskers.
That steal — one of nine for Maryland — turned into a pair of free throws 30 seconds later, and as each shot found the bottom of the net, Maryland’s hopes of an upset diminished.
The Terps made just two shots in the final two minutes, and the Cornhuskers pulled away to clinch the victory, 70-66.
Nebraska (20-8, 11-4) hit four free throws in the final six seconds to seal the win over the Terps for its sixth-straight game and its eighth win in nearly a month.
Maryland. (17-11, 6-9) dropped its seventh-straight road game this season. The Terps are now 1-8 on the road. And to make matters more frustrating for Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon’s squad, Maryland has lost its last five road games by an average of four points.
Nebraska has averaged 70 points in its last five games, but Maryland kept pace with the Cornhuskers in the first half, shooting 13-of-26 for 50 percent.
Maryland kept the score within five points to start the first half, and a 3-pointer from Cowan gave the team its first lead of the game.
Redshirt senior Dion Wiley followed up Cowan’s shot with a three of his own with less than seven minutes left in the half, and a tipin at the buzzer from freshman forward Bruno Fernando gave Maryland a 32-30 halftime lead.
Maryland struggled to keep that lead after the intermission, though, and a 9-0 run from the Cornhuskers helped them regain the lead.
Maryland played catch-up for the rest of the game, and although Maryland cut the deficit to within two points six different times in the second half, those shots were immediately followed by points from the Cornhuskers to increase their lead again.
Fernando led Maryland with 21 points and nine rebounds. Cowan shot 3-of-13 for seven points, and sophomore guard Kevin Huerter finished with 12.
Nebraska guard James Palmer, Jr., led all scorers with 26 points. Palmer finished with five assists, while sophomore forward Isaiah Roby had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Maryland will be back in the Xfinity Center against Rutgers on Feb. 17. Rutgers is 12-15 and last in the Big Ten with just two conference wins. Tipoff will be at 8 p.m.
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