Kevin Huerter scores 22 to help Maryland beat Northwestern 73-57
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Kevin Huerter scored 22 points, Anthony Cowan Jr. added 16 and Maryland never trailed in its 73-57 victory over Northwestern on Saturday.
The Terrapins (17-10, 6-8 Big Ten) made their first six shots and got 12 points from Huerter in bolting to 19-8 lead. After the Wildcats closed to 54-46 with 10 minutes left, Maryland used a 14-1 run to pull away.
Darryl Morsell had 14 points and nine rebounds for Maryland, which improved to 14-2 at home. The Terrapins had lost six of their previous eight games overall.
Coming off an uplifting victory over No. 20 Michigan, the Wildcats (15-11, 6-7) fell behind by 11 points with six minutes elapsed and never cut the deficit under seven.
Scottie Lindsey scored 20 and Dererk Pardon had 12 for Northwestern. Bryant McIntosh, who scored 24 against the Wolverines, was blanked for the first time this season on 0-for-5 shooting.
The Terrapins shot 52 percent, made half their attempts from 3-point range and blocked five shots to go up 36-29 at the half.
After Huerter helped Maryland take control in the opening minutes, Cowan and Dion Wiley connected from beyond the arc to start a 10-2 run that made it 32-16.
Though the second half has proven troublesome for the Terrapins this season, there would be no letdown. Maryland scored the first seven points after halftime to go up by 14, and the Wildcats never threatened after that.
Northwestern: The Wildcats aren’t going to win too many games in which McIntosh fails to score. Northwestern needs balanced scoring and team defense to win, and neither was available in this humbling defeat.
Maryland: The Terrapins are simply a different team when playing at home. Maryland looked confident and poised — qualities that seem to be lacking when the squad is on the road.
Northwestern faces Rutgers on Tuesday night to conclude a stretch of five of six games on the road.
Maryland travels to Nebraska in search of its second road win of the season.