COLLEGE PARK, Md. — No. 4 Syracuse blew most of a 12-point lead in the last 8 minutes and used one final defensive stop to squeeze past Maryland 57-55 on Monday night and end a two-game losing streak.
It was another close call for the Orange (26-2, 13-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), whose previous four games were decided by a total of 12 points, including losses to Boston College and Maryland. Syracuse led 49-37 with 7:54 left but allowed Maryland to close to 56-55 with 47 seconds remaining.
After C.J. Fair missed a jumper for the Orange, Baye Moussa Keita blocked a driving layup by Nick Faust to keep Syracuse in front. Trevor Cooney was fouled and made one of two free throws with 4 seconds to go before Maryland’s Seth Allen’s game-ending jumper bounded off the back of the rim.
Tyler Ennis scored 20 point and Fair had 17 to help Orange coach Jim Boeheim secure his 946th career victory.
Allen scored 22 points for the Terps (15-13, 7-8).
No. 16 Nebraska 94, No. 8 Penn St. 74
LINCOLN, Neb. — Tear’a Laudermill scored 22 of her career-high 27 points and made six of her seven 3-pointers in the first half, and No. 16 Nebraska defeated eighth-ranked Penn State to stay alive in the Big Ten.
The Cornhuskers (21-5, 11-3) extended their winning streak to a season-best eight games and pulled within a half-game of the two-time defending champion Lady Lions (21-6, 12-3). The Huskers have two games remaining in the regular season and the Lady Lions have one.
The surprisingly easy win came after a blistering first-half shooting performance. The Huskers made 11 of 14 3-pointers the opening 20 minutes, a 78.6-percent clip that was the best by a major-conference team this season and second-best in Division I behind Alabama State’s 81.8 percent (9 of 11) against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Nebraska finished with a season-high 16 3s on 22 attempts.