Terps need overtime to defeat Badgers
College Park, MD (Sports Network) – Jamar Smith poured in a career-high 25
points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Maryland Terrapins to a 73-67
overtime victory over 15th-ranked Wisconsin in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge
matchup at the Comcast Center. Smith hit 10-of-18 shots in the contest,
including a clutch lay-in that gave Maryland the lead for good during a 9-0
run in overtime.
Chris McCray chipped in with 16 points for the Terrapins (4-0), who also beat
the Badgers 87-57 in the second round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament. John
Gilchrist added 12 points, nine assists and seven rebounds as Maryland
improved to 3-2 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Devin Harris poured in 24 points, seven assists and five boards for Wisconsin
(3-1), which beat Maryland in overtime on its home floor in the challenge in
Following two costly misses at the free throw line by Wisconsin’s Mike
Wilkerson, Smith’s lay-up with 55 second left in the extra session put
Maryland ahead 67-65.
Harris then missed a jumper at the other end of the court and D.J. Strawberry
grabbed the rebound before going to the line and hitting 1-of-2. As he missed
the second, the rebound caromed directly to Smith. The lanky big man was
immediately fouled, and converted both from the line to make it 70-65 with 40
seconds to play.
Wisconsin was unable to mount a comeback and Strawberry’s fastbreak lay-in
capped the 9-0 spurt and put the game out of reach.
Smith converted down low for Maryland, and McCray followed with a three from
the right wing to extend the lead to 57-50 with 1:47 left to play in
Wisconsin, though, would not give up, as Harris did all he could to keep the
Badgers close. Harris’ three free throws were answered by a jumper from
McCray, but Harris came back with his fifth three-pointer of the game to make
it a three-point game at 59-56.
After the Badgers received two free throws by Wilkerson, Smith hit 1-of-2 from
the line to make it 60-58 with 21 seconds remaining, setting the stage for
a big three by Wilkerson.
Wilkerson hit a huge three-pointer with 12.8 seconds remaining to put
Wisconsin ahead by one, but Nik Caner-Medley was fouled with 2.4 seconds left
with a chance to win the game. He only managed 1-of-2, however, to send the
game into overtime.
Six straight points by Maryland, the final four by McCray, gave the Terrapins
a 12-5 lead less than five minutes into the contest. Wisconsin then responded
with nine straight points, including five straight by Wilkerson to start the
spurt, taking the lead in the process.
The see-saw battle continued with Maryland regaining the edge and eventually
opening a seven-point cushion, 24-17, after a McCray lay-up with 3:02 left in
the first half.
The Terrapins held a 30-22 advantage at the half, but Wisconsin battled back
behind the hot shooting hand of Harris in the second half.
Early in the second half, two straight three-pointers by Harris pulled the
Badgers within one at 36-35.
After five straight points from Maryland, two free throws by Gilchrist and a
three from Smith pushed the lead back up to six. But again it was Harris who
answered with yet another three to cut the deficit in half.