(ABC)–Melo Trimble scored 18 points, Diamond Stone made a pivotal three-point play with 1:13 left in overtime and No. 7 Maryland squeezed past Northwestern 62-56 on Tuesday night.
The Terrapins (17-2, 6-1 Big Ten) shot 44 percent and were outrebounded 41-31 by the scrappy, hustling Wildcats (15-5, 3-4).
But Trimble came up big in overtime, opening the scoring with a three-point play and getting assists on two baskets, including the layup by Stone that put Maryland ahead 58-55.
Stone finished with 11 points and Robert Carter Jr. added 10. Despite struggling mightily in this one giving up 16 offensive rebounds and collecting only four the Terrapins swept the season series after beating the Wildcats 72-59 on Jan. 2.
Aaron Falzon scored 13 points for the Wildcats before fouling out with 3:36 left in overtime. Bryant McIntosh had 12 points on 5-for-18 shooting.
Thanks to its domination on the offensive glass, Northwestern took 17 more shots than Maryland and made two more baskets (23-21). But the Terrapins outscored the Wildcats 16-5 at the free throw line.
Northwestern opened the second half by missing six of seven shots from the field to fall behind 39-31.
Maryland then went 4 minutes without a point, and a runner in the lane by McIntosh made it 39-38. Minutes later, Tre Demps capped the 12-2 run with a jumper for a 45-43 lead with 7:41 remaining.
The Terrapins went ahead 48-47 on a 3-pointer by Jake Layman with 4:43 left the final basket by either team until overtime.
Regulation ended with Trimble firing a shot that, appropriately, clanged off the rim.
Maryland trailed for the majority of the first half before using a late 10-0 run to take a 31-29 halftime lead.
Northwestern controlled the boards in the opening minutes and got eight points from Dererk Pardon in going up 16-9.
The Terrapins answered with an 8-2 run, but successive 3s by Scottie Lindsey and Falzon restored the seven-point cushion.
It was 27-21 before Maryland center Damonte Dodd scored on a follow and Jared Nickens added a three-point play. Trimble followed with a 3 to give Maryland its first lead.