COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland sophomore guards Anthony Cowan and Kevin Huerter scored 23 and 19 points, respectively, and were crucial down the stretch as the Terps fought off a second half surge by Wisconsin to defeat the Badgers, 68-63, Feb. 4.
Maryland improved to 16-9 overall and 5-7 in the Big Ten.
"We weren't great at all times today, but I thought we figured it out at the end," Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said. "I thought defensively we were really good the last five minutes of the game. I thought offensively we kind of figured it out, playing through Anthony and Kevin. Those two were terrific, obviously -- getting to the rim, making shots, getting to the foul line, and they were really good."
Cowan and Huerter scored 13 of the Terps' final 15 points of the contest once Maryland fell behind, 55-53, with less than six minutes left to go. Cowan hit a 3-pointer
from the top of the key
to begin the stretch, and later put the Terps up by five
with a pull-up jumper
with 3:35 to go. Wisconsin quickly tied the game at 60 thanks to a basket by Nate Reuvers and a 3-pointer by Aleem Ford off a turnover.
Huerter responded with baskets on back to back possessions to push Maryland's lead to 64-60, but a 3-pointer by Wisconsin's Brad Davison cut Maryland's lead to 64-63 with 10.4 seconds left. Cowan made two free throws on the ensuing possession, then a block by redshirt junior Dion Wiley
clinched the victory for the Terps
Senior Michal Cekovsky missed the game with an injured left heel. He was wearing a walking boot on his left foot. He also missed the Terps' game at Purdue Jan. 31. The Terps were down to eight scholarship players in each contest with Cekovsky, junior Ivan Bender and sophomore Justin Jackson out with injuries.
Maryland next travels to Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions Feb. 7. The Terps have six regular season games left.
"Our guys have been resilient," Turgeon said. "What they're doing is pretty amazing. We were down three starters, if you think about -- our three, four and our five. So we have guys starting that shouldn't be starting. We have guys playing that shouldn't be playing. We just keep battling, and we haven't embarrassed ourselves in a long time. Our practices have been great and I'm having a lot of fun coaching them, and that's really what matters. So for them, I hope we have success down the stretch, because they've been resilient and they continue to work."
This story was updated with quotes.
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