National Basketball Association
Maryland 72, Nebraska 70
When: 8:30 PM ET, Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Where: XFINITY Center, College Park, Maryland
# Brian O'Connell, # Earl Walton, # Brandon Cruz
Jalen Smith blocked Cam Mack's layup attempt in the final seconds and Big Ten-leading Maryland stayed undefeated at home with a 72-70 win over hard-luck Nebraska on Tuesday night in College Park, Md.
Smith posted his seventh consecutive double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds and was one of four Terrapins scoring in double figures with Eric Ayala (16), Anthony Cowan (13) and Donta Scott (10). Both Ayala and Cowan missed front ends of one-and-ones in the final 22 seconds to open the door for Nebraska (7-17, 2-11), which has dropped nine consecutive games.
The Terrapins (20-4, 10-3) won their seventh straight game, improved to 14-0 at home and reached 20 wins for the fifth time in the past six seasons. Coach Mark Turgeon collected his 200th victory at Maryland. He's now 200-96 in his ninth season in College Park.
Haanif Cheatham scored 20 points, 18 in the second half, and Thorir Thorbjarnarson added 15 for Nebraska, which hit seven of its first nine shots to start the second half and slice a 14-point deficit to 47-40 when Jervay Green scored with 15:15 left.
The Terrapins scored the next four points, but Nebraska got even closer with a 12-2 run that made it 56-54 at 7:37 on Green's layup in transition.
Green missed a 3-pointer that would have put Nebraska ahead on the next possession and Maryland's Ayala hit a 3-pointer at 6:35 to start an 8-0 run. Ayala's 3 at 4:47 made it 64-54.
The Huskers had one more charge in them, cutting the deficit to 68-64 on Green's stickback at 1:37, and inching closer when Cheatham hit one of two free throws with just 34 seconds left to make it 71-68. When Mack added two more free throws at 12 seconds, it was 71-70.
Immediately fouled, Cowan missed the front end with 12 seconds to play. At the other end, Smith blocked Mack's shot, collected the rebound, was fouled and hit one of two free throws with 0.7 seconds for the win.
Maryland led 38-25 at the half, limiting the Cornhuskers to just 27.3 percent (9-of-33) shooting. Nebraska trailed only 18-17 when Maryland went on a 12-2 run, with Scott hitting two free throws and then draining a 3-pointer to start the spree. When Cowan nailed three free throws at 5:30, the Terps led 30-19.
The Huskers misfired on 17 of 20 first-half 3-point attempts.
Nebraska returns home to host Wisconsin on Saturday, while Maryland moves on to meet preseason Big Ten favorite Michigan State on Saturday in East Lansing, Mich.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Haanif Cheatham 20
Eric Ayala 16
Cameron Mack 8
Anthony Cowan Jr. 10
Thorir Thorbjarnarson 7
Jalen Smith 13
Haanif Cheatham 5
||Free Throws Made
Anthony Cowan Jr. 9
Cameron Mack 2
Anthony Cowan Jr. 2
Chol Marial 1
Team Stats Summary