SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Sophomore Kevin Huerter finished with a season-high 23 points on 8-for-11 shooting, but Maryland came up short to Syracuse 72-70 Monday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
The Clifton Park, N.Y. native was sensational playing in his hometown state, tying his career high with seven three pointers made. Syracuse ultimately took a lead on a Tyus Battle three-pointer with 0:59 seconds to play and held on for the two-point win.
Freshman Bruno Fernando (13 points) and sophomore Anthony Cowan Jr. (11 points) also finished in double figures for Maryland (6-2). Battle (18 points) led the Orange (6-0) in scoring while Oshae Brissett finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Maryland would gain the lead with just 1:42 left to play in regulation after Huerter nailed his sixth three of the night on a feed from fellow sophomore Justin Jackson to make it 66-65. After a timeout from the Orange, Fernando was fouled after grabbing a rebound from a miss from Frank Howard, but missed the front end of a one-and-one.
A late Maryland rally would come up just short in the final seconds after Huerter connected on his seventh triple with seven seconds to go. A press break and score on the other end all but sealed the game for Syracuse.
It was a back-and-forth contest throughout the game at the Carrier Dome, featuring 10 lead changes. The Terps would take their first lead of the evening on Huerter’s first three to make it 7-6 at 17:07 mark in the first quarter, before Syracuse came back to eventually secure a 36-35 edge at the half.
The Terps will return to action on Friday, Dec. 1 at the XFINITY Cenyter when they welcome Purdue for their Big Ten opener. Tip off on the Big Ten network is slated for 7:00 pm.