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.
“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.”