Despite taking a mere two-point deficit into the locker room at half, the Northwestern Wildcats couldn't hang on over the final 15 minutes on Tuesday night in a disheartening 77-57 loss to the Maryland Terrapins.
In addition to marking the Wildcats' first defeat of the 2012-13 campaign, Tuesday's result added just the second victory of the day for the Atlantic Coast Conference in the evening's six schedule Big Ten/ACC Challenge games. Senior guard Reggie Hearn added 19 points on just 10 shots to pace the Wildcats in the losing effort, while Louisville transfer Jared Swopshire had a disappointing game but still led the team with four rebounds. Maryland 7'1 sophomore Alex Len proved to be the difference by night's end, as the Ukrainian big man picked up six of his game-high 13 rebounds on the offensive glass.
Completely out-muscled by the Terrapins in a game where his players posted woeful -27 rebounding advantage, Bill Carmody's Wildcats will look to bounce back on their home floor this Saturday with Illinois-Chicago set for an in-state showdown.