The 21st-ranked Maryland Terrapins used a strong second half to pull away from the visiting Northwestern Wildcats, beating them 70-52 at an ecstatic Xfinity Center.
The Terps used a 17-8 run to begin the second half to put the game away. That burst gave them a 50-30 lead with 10:55 to go and the rout was on.
From there they coasted to victory while snapping a two game losing streak. They improved to (17-5, 8-3 Big Ten) good enough for fourth place in the Big Ten Conference race.
They were led as usual by their double-double machine Bruno Fernando who finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Freshman Jalen Smith chipped in with nearly his own double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds.
Eric Ayala and Darryl Morsell finished with eight points each as they went a combined four of eight on three pointers.
In the first half the Terps jumped out to a 15-5 lead on a rare jumper by Fernando with 13:08 to go before the break.
The lead was 25-15 with 4:37 to go and they took a 33-22 lead into the break.
Marylane shot 46 percent from the field while making seven of 16 from beyond the arc.
They hit 13 of 16 free throws and won the rebounding battle 44-28.
Meanwhile, their defense was outstanding holding the Wildcats to 31 percent shooting from the deck including limiting them to five of 23 on three pointers.
Northwestern was led by Anthony Gaines who scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Dererk Pardon added 14 points and seven rebounds in a losing effort for the (12-9, 3-7) Wildcats.