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Terps Fall To Wisconsin, 59-54, In Big Ten Tournament

March 1, 2018
The Maryland men's basketball team lost, 59-54, to Wisconsin in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., March 1.

The Terps fell to 19-13 overall. It's unclear whether Maryland will receive a National Invitational Tournament (NIT) bid. The last time the Terps didn't take part in postseason play beyond their conference tournament was at the end of the 2013-14 season, which was head coach Mark Turgeon's third season in College Park, Md.

Sophomore guards Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan and freshman forward Bruno Fernando combined to score 48 of the Terps' 54 points. The only others who scored were redshirt junior guard Dion Wiley (four points) and freshman guard Darryl Morsell (two). The Badgers had four scorers in double digits, led by redshirt-junior forward Ethan Happ (14) and freshman guard Brad Davison (13).

Maryland was down, 57-54, with Wiley set to inbound the ball with about five seconds left in regulation. Wiley tried to pass the ball to Huerter, but it was stolen away by Wisconsin junior guard Khalil Iverson, who eventually iced the game with two free throws.

It was the Terps' 12th turnover of the game. Turnovers were a recurring issue throughout the season, particularly early.

The biggest sequence of the game occurred with less than a minute to play. Wisconsin red-shirt sophomore guard Brevin Pritzl made a long 2-point jumper over Cowan to give the Badgers a 55-53 lead with 36 seconds remaining. Huerter responded by getting to the line on the other end, but he made just one of his two free throws. Maryland then sent Davison to the line, and he made both free throws. That led to Iverson's steal.

The Badgers began the second half on a 7-2 run to take a seven-point lead early in the half, but the two teams traded punches the rest of the way. Huerter was big in crunch time for the Terps, at one point making shots to tie the score on three consecutive possessions late in regulation. But two areas hurt Maryland throughout the game: the Terps, typically a solid 3-point shooting team, were 2-of-14 from long range, and they couldn't stop fouling Wisconsin, which shot 20-of-24 from the line.

The last Big Ten Tournament game the Terps won was at the end of the 2015-16 season, when they beat Nebraska.

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