Maryland uses late surge to beat Wisconsin 68-63
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (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.