By Harry Allison
Darryl Morsell had 19 points, Donta Scott added 16 and Maryland upset No. 12 Illinois 66-63.
Hakim Hart hit a 3-pointer with 4:08 left to give the Terrapins a 62-61 lead, which Maryland didn’t relinquish.
“They’re a great basketball team, a team I think could a Final Four team,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said of Illinois. “This league … I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s absolutely relentless.”
Ayo Dosunmu scored 23 points for Illinois (9-4, 5-2 Big Ten) and Kofi Cockburn added 21 points and 10 rebounds. Dosunmu missed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have tied it.
“I thought it was going in,” Dosunmu said. “Honestly, it felt good but it hit the back of the rim.”
Aaron Wiggins added 12 points for Maryland (7-6, 2-5). The Terrapins limped in on a three-game Big Ten losing streak, including two double-digit home losses.
Maryland played without point guard Eric Ayala (14 points per game) due to a groin injury.
“Obviously, I’m really pleased with my team,” Turgeon said. “We really battled tonight, down Eric Ayala.”