Evanston, IL (Sports Network) - Alex Len was a force in the middle for
Maryland as the Terrapins completed a 77-57 rout of the Northwestern Wildcats
at Welsh-Ryan Arena in this year's edition of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Len recorded a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds for Maryland (5-1)
as it reeled off its fifth win in a row. Dez Wells scored a game-high 23
points on 9-of-11 shooting from the floor, Nick Faust added 10 points, and
Pe'Shon Howard dished out six assists to contribute to the victory.
Reggie Hearn paced Northwestern (6-1) with 19 points. Dave Sobolewski got into
the mix by scoring 14 points and Drew Crawford tallied 10 points in the
Wildcats' inaugural loss of the season.
The contest remained close in the opening frame until Faust drained a three-
pointer at the 5:45 mark to put the Terps up 26-18. Northwestern managed to
narrow the deficit by closing out the period on an 8-2 run. The Wildcats
struggled to score points before the break as they converted only 3-of-16 from
three-point range. Maryland shot only 36 percent from the floor in the first
half, but made all nine of its free throw attempts to take a 28-26 advantage
into the intermission.
Northwestern was unable to overcome the visitor's tremendous defensive effort
and converted just 36 percent of its field goal attempts in the second half.
The Terps created some distance on the scoreboard by shooting 66.7 percent
from the floor over the final 20 minutes.
Maryland held a dominant 47-19 advantage in the rebounding battle to end the
Wildcats' four-game winning streak in annual event.
The Sports Network