By Lewis Gould
If Maryland fails to make the NCAA tournament, last night’s choke job will be the reason.
Boo Buie scored 15 points and Chase Audige added 14, and Northwestern scored the last six points of the game to beat Maryland 60-55, ending the Terrapins’ five-game win streak.
Northwestern (8-14, 5-13 Big Ten) has won two straight since halting a 13-game losing streak. The Wildcats also snapped a five-game skid against the Terrapins and beat them for the first time at home.
Maryland (15-11, 9-10) took its first lead of the second half, 51-50, on Aaron Wiggins’ 3-pointer with 4:50 remaining and led 55-54 with 2:32 to play. The Wildcats’ Ryan Young made a layup and then two free throws with 13 seconds remaining. Darryl Morsell missed a 3 on the other end and Buie sealed it with a pair of free throws.
Buie and Audige were a combined 10-of-22 shooting and made seven of the Wildcats’ 10 3-pointers. Pete Nance added 12 points.
Wiggins scored a career-high 26 points to lead Maryland. He was 10 of 15 from the floor and made five 3-pointers. Morsell finished with 14 points and five assists.
Northwestern’s last win in the series was in the 2017 Big Ten tournament. The Wildcats beat the third-seeded Terrapins 72-64 to advance to the semifinals for the first time in program history.
The teams end their regular seasons on Sunday. Maryland hosts Penn State and Northwestern plays at home against Nebraska.