Second Upset Not in Cards for Rutgers

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The magic ran out three minutes too early for Rutgers, which pushed Maryland to the brink three days after its upset over Wisconsin. Leading through most of the second half, Rutgers fell short in the intangibles in a 73-65 loss to No. 14 Maryland.

Rutgers followed the same script Wednesday that it did in its upset over No. 4 Wisconsin. The only difference is that Maryland came to play down the stretch.

The Scarlet Knights scared yet another ranked foe with a strong showing in College Park, Md., but Maryland was the better team in the final four minutes and escaped with a 73-65 victory.

“I feel like we should have beaten them,” said guard Bishop Daniels. “We had them up and I feel like we beat ourselves. We didn’t come through at the end of the day.”

Like Wisconsin, Rutgers fired back from a halftime deficit with an 18-5 run to open the second half.

Like Wisconsin, Rutgers got clutch plays from its seniors and had its jump shot on the mark.

Unlike Wisconsin, Maryland entered at full strength, and unlike Wisconsin, Rutgers was a disaster from the free throw line.

“Our downfall tonight was that we didn’t rebound the ball well,” said coach Eddie Jordan. “We didn’t finish plays, layups.”

Rutgers (10-8, 2-3) and No. 14 Maryland sat tied at 62 with three minutes left to go. The Terrapins took over after multiple poor possessions, and airballs, by the Scarlet Knights.

Senior Myles Mack led Rutgers yet again with 19 points and six assists. Daniels and Mike Williams chipped in 12 apiece with eight points from Greg Lewis in his return to Maryland.

“We don’t have any moral victories,” Mack said. “We didn’t win the game. I don’t think any team has a moral victory. I think every team wants to win.”

Rutgers travels to winless Minnesota in its next game before Michigan and Michigan State come to the RAC.

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