The Maryland Terrapins have been in plenty of close road games this season, and most of them have essentially ended the same way.
For seven of Maryland’s 10 road games, the team has tugged at the heartstrings of its fans by playing good enough to keep the score close, followed by a collapse in the final minutes that left emotions running high with a myriad of questions.
The Terps’ second game against Northwestern began to look that way at the beginning of the second half, but the team saved its best road performance for last, and this time, they won.
Maryland fought back from two deficits and held off the Wildcats to win its second road game of the season, 71-64.
The win snapped a seven-game road losing streak for Maryland (19-11, 8-9) and gave it its first win away from the Xfinity Center since its overtime victory over Illinois. It also ensured Maryland will have a chance to finish the regular season with a .500 record in the Big Ten.
Northwestern (15-14, 6-10) fell behind with less than nine minutes left after leading for much of the game. The Wildcats have now dropped four straight, starting with its first loss to the Terps, after winning four of five.
Sophomore guard Kevin Huerter led Maryland with 18 points after averaging 11.5 points in the past two games. Fellow sophomore point guard Anthony Cowan had 13 points, making all six of his free throws, and redshirt junior Dion Wiley also finished with 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting.
Maryland had two runs that set the tone for the rest of the game. The first came early in the first half, when the Terps were down 9-2 after a 3-pointer from Aaron Falzon. Freshman Bruno Fernando got the team started with three straight free throws, sparking an 11-0 run that put Maryland up by six.
The second came late in the second half after Northwestern took a 37-30 halftime lead with a 10-2 run before the break. After the Terps fell behind by 10 points, the team used a 16-2 run to retake the lead with a layup from Wiley.
From that point on, the Terps were rolling. Maryland led by as many as nine points in the second half; a three from Wiley put the Terps up 65-56 with less than four minutes left in the game.
Northwestern made a late attempt at a comeback late, but a steal by Anthony Cowan with 35 seconds left ensured a victory.
Maryland will finish the regular season at the Xfinity Center against No. 17 Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 24. Tipoff will be at noon.
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