The Maryland Terrapins rallied late to win a thriller, 74-72 against the 24th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers before an ecstatic crowd at the Xfinity Center.
With the score tied at 72-72 the Terps ran their offense and forward Jalen Smith found a crack in the Nebraska defense and hit a floater with 3.8 seconds to go to give the Terps a 74-72 lead and the crowd exploded with excitement.
The Cornhuskers had one last chance to steal the victory but their lob-pass from nearly half court was swatted out of bounds by Maryland’s Ricky Lindo Jr. and the Terps were finally able to celebrate this very uplifting win at half court.
Maryland improved to (11-3, 2-1 Big Ten) and had their first victory over a ranked team since 2016.
Maryland was led by Bruno Fernando who scored 18 points and snared a career-high 17 rebounds.
Terp’s guard Anthony Cowan Jr. hit some clutch threes in the second half and finished with 19 points and four assists.
Smith scored the last seven points for Maryland and shook off a poor first half to finish with 15 points and four rebounds.
The first half saw the teams exchanging baskets with neither team able to gain much separation and Nebraska took a 39-35 lead into the halftime break.
The second half the Cornhuskers made a run and had a 47-39 lead with 15:30 to go.
Maryland rallied with their own 10-2 burst and tied the game at 49-49 with 12:26 to play in the game.
The lead seesawed back and forth and the game was tied again at 67-67 with 4:17 to go setting up the exciting finish.
Each team shot 47 percent from the field. Maryland made 10 of 14 free throws and Nebraska was 15 of 23 from the charity stripe.
The Cornhuskers made nine of 22 three-pointers while Maryland shot 47 percent ( 8 of 17) from beyond the arc.
Maryland won the rebounding battle 38-28.
Nebraska was led by James Palmer Jr. who had a game-high 26 points and seven rebounds. Glynn Watson Jr. scored 12 points and collected six rebounds in a losing effort for the (11-3, 1-2) Cornhuskers.