Maryland stops streaking Iowa
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Coming off a rare defeat and hosting the third-ranked team in the country, Maryland didn't care much about putting on a show for the sellout crowd and a national television audience.
All that mattered was winning.
Robert Carter Jr. and Rasheed Sulaimon each scored 17 points, and No. 8 Maryland used a late charge to beat Iowa 74-68 on Thursday night, ending the Hawkeyes' nine-game winning streak.
The Terrapins went 9-for-27 from the floor over the final 20 minutes, going 0-for-10 from beyond the arc. In the end, however, Maryland got back on track following a humbling loss at Michigan State on Saturday.
"It wasn't always pretty, but we played hard and we competed," coach Mark Turgeon said. "Everybody that cares about Maryland basketball was in a panic, but we weren't. We didn't overreact. You could tell our guys were really ready to compete."
As a result, Maryland improved to 10-0 following a loss over the past two seasons.
"We're a very resilient group," senior Jake Layman said. "We learn from losses."
The Terrapins led 62-60 before freshman center Diamond Stone dunked off a pass from Layman with 1:24 left. After a steal on the other end by Melo Trimble, Jared Nickens made a layup for a six-point lead.
Maryland (18-3, 7-2 Big Ten) made the margin stand up by making eight free throws over the final 49 seconds. Trimble and Layman each scored 11 points and Stone added nine.
Peter Jok scored 14 for the Hawkeyes (16-4, 7-1), who lost for the first time since Dec. 10. Adam Woodbury had 11 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 2:47 left.
Iowa star Jarrod Uthoff, who entered with a Big Ten-leading 18.9 points per game average, missed all five of his field goal attempts in the first half and finished with nine points on 2-for-13 shooting.
The defeat comes in Iowa's first game since climbing to No. 3 in the rankings, its highest position since 1987.
No. 12 MICHIGAN ST. 76, NORTHWESTERN 45: At Evanston, Ill., Denzel Valentine made five of Michigan State's season-high 16 3-pointers and the Spartans clamped down on cold-shooting Northwestern. Valentine finished with 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds as the Spartans (18-4, 5-4 Big Ten) beat the Wildcats for the seventh straight time. Northwestern (15-7, 3-6) shot a season-low 20.7 percent from the field in its fourth consecutive loss. It finished with more free throws (17) than field goals (12).
SYRACUSE 81, No. 25 NOTRE DAME 66: At Syacuse, N.Y., Trevor Cooney scored 22 points to lead four Syracuse players in double figures, and the Orange beat Notre Dame. It was the fourth victory of the season over a ranked team for Syracuse (14-8, 4-5 ACC), which built a 44-27 halftime lead and was not threatened in the second half by the Irish (14-6, 5-3), who played without injured point guard and leading scorer Demetrius Jackson. The loss snapped the Irish's four-game win streak.V.J. Beachem led Notre Dame with 22 points on 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc, four in the second half, while Steve Vasturia finished with 16 points.