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 both 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 it climbed to No. 3 in the rankings, its highest position since 1987.
Iowa didn’t play particularly well — it had 11 turnovers and only nine assists — but Maryland had a lot to do with it.
“I thought they were locked in,” coach Fran McCaffrey said of the Terrapins. “They were locked in defensively, they were locked in on the glass. They executed better than we did for consistent stretches of the game. We had breakdowns. We’re not a team that has more turnovers than assists. But you have to credit your opponent. They were up on us and they were active.”
The Hawkeyes went 5 for 24 from 3-point range, 3 for 15 in the second half.
Iowa scored the first seven points of the second half to take a 42-41 lead, but Maryland answered with a 6-0 spree.
The score remained close because neither team shot particularly well. Iowa went more than five minutes without a point, and the Terrapins missed 12 of their first 14 shots from the floor in the second half.
Maryland led 57-56 when Sulaimon made a layup and was fouled. He missed the free throw, but the Terrapins grabbed three straight offensive rebounds before Damonte Dodd was fouled and made one of two for a four-point cushion with 4:34 remaining.
Iowa cut the gap to a basket, but could not get closer.
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Ohio State 68, (at) Illinois 63 (OT): Trevor Thompson scored 16 points and Ohio State survived a furious comeback. JaQuan Lyle hit a pair of free throws with 14 seconds left in overtime to put the Buckeyes (14-8, 6-3) up 66-63 and Mickey Mitchel followed with a layup to ice the game.
The Illini (10-11, 2-6) trailed by 13 with 6:34 to play but fought back and tied the game at 58-58 on a 3-pointer by Jalen Coleman-Lands with 56.9 seconds left in regulation.
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No. 23 Oregon 83, (at) No. 18 Arizona 75: Dillon Brooks scored 24 and Oregon ended Arizona’s 49-game home winning streak. Dwayne Benjamin added 15, Elgin Cook 13 and Tyler Dorsey 12 for the Ducks (17-4, 6-2 Pac-12), who entered the game tied for first in the Pac-12.
Ryan Anderson scored 22 and Gabe York 18 for the Wildcats (16-5, 4-4), who lost at home for the first time since California beat them 77-69 on Feb. 10, 2013. It was the longest active home winning streak in the country.
The Ducks outscored Arizona 19-11 over the final 6-1/2 minutes.
The Wildcats committed 19 turnovers to Oregon’s six.
(At) Syracuse 81, No. 25 Notre Dame 68: Trevor Cooney scored 22 to lead four Syracuse players in double figures.
It was the fourth victory of the season over a ranked team for Syracuse (14-8, 4-5 Atlantic Coast Conference).
The Orange built a 44-27 halftime lead and was not threatened in the second half by the Irish (14-6, 5-3).
The loss ended the Irish’s four-game win streak.
Malone 86, Wayne State 85 (OT): Jay Parker had 18 points, Brian Stone 16 for Malone (4-14, 1-12 GLIAC). Ronald Booth scored 21 and Marcus Moore 15 for Wayne State (3-13, 3-10).
(At) Iowa 85, Michigan 69: Katelynn Flannery scored 31 for the Wolverines (11-9, 3-6 Big Ten).
Detroit 89, (at) Milwaukee 79: Rosanna Reynolds hit all 12 of her free throws and scored 21 for Detroit (9-10, 5-3 Horizon).
Oakland 58,(at) Green Bay 56: Sinclair Russell had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Oakjland (12-7, 4-4 Horizon).
(At) Wayne State 71, Malone 63: Freshman India Hawkings scored 15 and senior Brittany Streetman 13 for Wayne State (9-10, 4-9 GLIAC).