March 10, 2017
This marks the first time since 2011 that at least two schools seeded outside the top four have advanced to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals. That year, No. 6 Penn State defeated No. 7 Michigan State, 61-48 in the semifinals before falling to No. 1 Ohio State, 71-60 in the championship game in Indianapolis.
Melo Trimble scored 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting tonight against Northwestern. That is the 30th game this season that the junior has scored at least 10 points and the 13th time this season that Trimble has scored at least 20 points.
Kevin Huerter scored 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting, his 12th game this season with at least 10 points. The freshman fell just one made field goal short of tying his career high.
Huerter also had three steals, tying his career high that he has reached on three other occasions.
With 13 points tonight against Northwestern, freshman Anthony Cowan has now scored at least 10 points in 19 games this season. Cowan also tied a career high with three 3-pointers.
Melo Trimble (20), Kevin Huerter (19) and Anthony Cowan (13) combined for 52 of Maryland’s 64 points on 19-of-38 (50.0%) shooting from the field.
This marks Northwestern’s first victory over Maryland since the Terrapins became a member of the Big Ten (1-4).
A 20-4 Northwestern run in the first half (from 12:27 to 8:49) evolved from 14-8 NU deficit into a 28-18 Wildcat lead.
A 20-2 run in the second half (from 15:56 to 7:30) helped Northwestern take a 54-46 lead (from a 44-34 deficit). Maryland was scoreless from 13:17 to 7:02. From the time the Terrapins held a 44-34 lead (16:25 of second half), the Wildcats outscored the Terrapins by a count of 38-20.
Vic Law, Scottie Lindsey and Bryant McIntosh combined to score 50 of Northwestern’s 72 points vs. Maryland.
Through two Big Ten Tournament games, Northwestern is shooting .577 from the field (56-of-97) and .457 from beyond the arc (16-of-35). The Wildcats have out-rebounded their two opponents, 65-43.
Individually, through two Big Ten Tournament games this year: Vic Law has scored 33 points on 10-of-13 shooting (4-of-5 3-pointers); Scottie Lindsey has scored 33 points on 13-of-24 shooting (4-of-13 3-pointers); Bryant McIntosh has 29 points on 11-of-19 shooting (3-of-4 3-pointers); and Dererk Pardon has 17 points and 16 rebounds.
Northwestern’s victory over Maryland sends the Wildcats to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals for the first time. The Wildcats will face Wisconsin, a team it beat in their only meeting this year (66-59 at Madison).