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#24 Terps Fall to Minnesota Wednesday

Maryland Athletics
2-22-2017
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Minnesota (21-7, 9-6)
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Maryland
#24 Maryland (22-6, 10-5)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Ivan Bender scored a career-high 15 points but No. 24 Maryland fell short against Minnesota, 89-75, Wednesday at XFINITY Center.

Dupree McBrayer scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half as the Golden Gophers (21-7, 9-6 Big Ten) remain undefeated since losing to Maryland (22-6, 10-5) on Jan. 28. It was Minnesota's third consecutive road win, its longest run in the conference since 1989-90.

Down 53-50, the Gophers got 12 points from McBrayer in a 20-7 run that broke open a game that had gone back and forth to that point.

Melo Trimble and Anthony Cowan chipped in witih 11 points each. It was Trimble's 26th double-figure scoring game as his 17th consecutive.

The Terps outrebounded Minnesota, 42-36, and were led on the glass by freshman Justin Jackson who posted seven boards.

Maryland had a three-point lead when Jackson missed a 3-pointer that would have made it 56-50.

McBrayer drilled a 3 on the other end, then added two field goals before Eric Curry scored in the lane to make it 59-53 with 10:47 remaining.

Just when it seemed as if the game was getting away from Maryland, Trimble connected from long range to spark a 7-2 surge that got the Terrapins within a point.

That would be as close as Maryland would get.

A jumper by McBrayer, four straight points by Jordan Murphy and a 3 by McBrayer made it 70-60 with 6:24 remaining.

A first half that featured four ties and four lead changes ended with the Terrapins in front 35-34.

After Maryland used a 10-0 run to take a 21-17 lead, the Gophers rattled off 10 straight points to move back in front. It was 29-23 before a dunk by L.G. Gill ignited another 10-point spree for the Terps.

Maryland will honor its 2001 Final Four and 2002 National Championship teams at halftime of Saturday's game against Iowa at XFINITY Center. The game is slated to tip off at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.

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