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Smith, Fernando lead No. 24 Maryland past Nebraska 60-45

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Jalen Smith's second big offensive game of the season against Nebraska didn't decide No. 24 Maryland's win over the Cornhuskers.

The Terrapins' 60-45 victory Wednesday night was all about defense. Maryland allowed its fewest points in a conference game under eighth-year coach Mark Turgeon.

''Our guys were locked in,'' Turgeon said. ''That's the smartest we've played defensively this season, so it was good to see.''

Smith had 18 points and 11 rebounds and fueled Maryland's surge in the first half. Bruno Fernando's production was limited by double-teams, but he still had his sixth consecutive double-double, and 15th of the season, with 13 points and a career-high 19 rebounds for the Terps (18-6, 9-4 Big Ten).

Nebraska (13-10, 3-9) set season lows for points and field goal percentage (21 percent) while losing its sixth straight and dropping to 13th place in the conference. The Huskers were playing their third game without forward Isaac Copeland, who sustained a season-ending knee injury Jan. 26.

''I hope and pray this is rock bottom,'' Nebraska coach Tim Miles said. ''Until we get out of our way on offense and find some rhythm on offense, we have a real problem. I believe it's mental.''

Isaiah Roby led the Cornhuskers with 20 points and 14 rebounds, and James Palmer Jr. added 11 points.

''Nobody is really having fun right now,'' Roby said. ''We all had big expectations for this season. Time keeps running out with every game we play.''

The Terps were lethargic at the outset, missing 11 of their first 14 shots as offensive leaders Fernando, Anthony Cowan Jr. and Smith went scoreless through the first nine minutes. Meanwhile, Roby scored 12 points as the Huskers jumped to a 15-10 lead.

But then Nebraska had one of its all-too-familiar scoring droughts, this one lasting longer than eight minutes. Smith, whose short runner with 3 seconds left gave the Terps a 74-72 win over the Huskers on Jan. 2, scored 11 straight points to put his team in front after Tanner Borchardt went to the bench with his second foul.

''I was finishing the shots I put up,'' Smith said. ''They had a little guard on me and a big on Bruno. Coach Turgeon just attacked, and I was scoring.''

Maryland outscored the Cornhuskers 20-5 to close the half, with Nebraska making just one field goal over the last 11:41. Nebraska drew to 31-29 early in the second half, but the Terps soon were up by double digits again and on their way to bouncing back from a 69-61 loss at Wisconsin last Friday.

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: This wasn't the Terps' best night offensively, but avoiding a fourth loss in five games kept them safely in the upper half of the Big Ten. Cowan scored a season-low five points, Fernando had only two in the first half and Maryland shot 38 percent as a team.

Nebraska: The school's four-game home losing streak is its longest since 2002-03. Glynn Watson Jr. continues to struggle, going 0 for 10 with no points, and Miles' future at Nebraska is growing dimmer. ''This hurts,'' Miles said, his voice cracking.

DID HE OR DIDN'T HE?

One of the big no-calls came in the second half when Fernando moved into Borchardt under the basket, knocking him down, before jamming a one-handed dunk. The play brought howls from fans who wanted a foul and a technical on Miles, who wanted the same thing.

It appeared Fernando might have stepped on Borchardt when he came down. Miles said he didn't know if that was the case, and video was inconclusive. Borchardt wasn't made available to reporters after the game. The play was not reviewable.

Fernando said he didn't step on Borchardt.

''I dunked the ball and I was trying to run back on defense and he was right there on the ground. I was trying to get out of his way,'' Fernando said. ''For me personally, I didn't have any intentions of hurting anybody. That's not who I am. That's not part of my game.''

UP NEXT

Maryland: Hosts Purdue on Tuesday.

Nebraska: Plays at Purdue on Saturday.

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Key Players
A. Cowan Jr.
1 G
J. Palmer Jr.
0 G
34.0 Min. Per Game 34.0
19.3 Pts. Per Game 19.3
3.2 Ast. Per Game 3.2
4.5 Reb. Per Game 4.5
40.0 Field Goal % 37.0
33.6 Three Point % 32.8
83.6 Free Throw % 78.3
  Defensive rebound by Isaiah Roby 13.0
  Ricky Lindo missed 2nd of 2 free throws 13.0
  Ricky Lindo missed 1st of 2 free throws 13.0
  Personal foul on Nana Akenten 13.0
  Defensive rebound by Ricky Lindo 32.0
  Isaiah Roby missed layup 34.0
  Defensive rebound by Isaiah Roby 42.0
  Eric Ayala missed 2nd of 2 free throws 42.0
+ 1 Eric Ayala made 1st of 2 free throws 42.0
  Personal foul on James Palmer Jr. 42.0
+ 1 James Palmer Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 50.0
Team Stats
Points 60 45
Field Goals 22-58 (37.9%) 12-57 (21.1%)
3-Pointers 7-20 (35.0%) 4-17 (23.5%)
Free Throws 9-18 (50.0%) 17-26 (65.4%)
Total Rebounds 53 42
Offensive 12 10
Defensive 41 28
Team 0 4
Assists 10 5
Steals 2 5
Blocks 5 5
Turnovers 10 4
Fouls 19 17
Technicals 0 1
18 PTS, 11 REB, 1 AST
20 PTS, 14 REB
12T
away team logo 24 Maryland 18-6 283260
home team logo Nebraska 13-10 202545
Team Stats
away team logo 24 Maryland 18-6 71.4 PPG 42.4 RPG 13.1 APG
home team logo Nebraska 13-10 71.8 PPG 38.4 RPG 12.8 APG
Key Players
25
J. Smith F 11.7 PPG 6.8 RPG 0.9 APG 49.2 FG%
15
I. Roby F 12.1 PPG 7.1 RPG 2.0 APG 45.1 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Smith F 18 PTS 11 REB 1 AST
I. Roby F 20 PTS 14 REB 0 AST
37.9 FG% 21.1
35.0 3PT FG% 23.5
50.0 FT% 65.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Smith 18 11 1 8/16 1/3 1/3 3 31 0 2 2 6 5
B. Fernando 13 19 2 4/7 0/0 5/6 2 34 0 3 2 3 16
E. Ayala 8 6 1 2/6 2/4 2/4 1 28 0 0 1 0 6
A. Cowan Jr. 5 2 4 2/10 0/4 1/3 3 34 0 0 1 1 1
D. Morsell 2 3 1 1/5 0/0 0/0 4 21 0 0 1 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Smith 18 11 1 8/16 1/3 1/3 3 31 0 2 2 6 5
B. Fernando 13 19 2 4/7 0/0 5/6 2 34 0 3 2 3 16
E. Ayala 8 6 1 2/6 2/4 2/4 1 28 0 0 1 0 6
A. Cowan Jr. 5 2 4 2/10 0/4 1/3 3 34 0 0 1 1 1
D. Morsell 2 3 1 1/5 0/0 0/0 4 21 0 0 1 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Smith Jr. 6 3 0 2/5 2/3 0/0 1 12 0 0 1 0 3
A. Wiggins 6 3 1 2/8 2/6 0/0 2 25 0 0 0 0 3
R. Lindo 2 6 0 1/1 0/0 0/2 3 15 2 0 2 1 5
I. Bender - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Terrell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Tomaic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Valmon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Mona - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ramsey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 60 53 10 22/58 7/20 9/18 19 200 2 5 10 12 41
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Roby 20 14 0 7/22 2/6 4/8 2 40 2 5 1 4 10
J. Palmer Jr. 12 5 3 2/13 0/2 8/11 3 39 2 0 2 1 4
T. Borchardt 3 6 0 0/1 0/0 3/4 5 25 0 0 0 2 4
G. Watson Jr. 0 4 1 0/10 0/2 0/1 2 39 1 0 0 1 3
T. Thorbjarnarson 0 3 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 12 0 0 0 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Roby 20 14 0 7/22 2/6 4/8 2 40 2 5 1 4 10
J. Palmer Jr. 12 5 3 2/13 0/2 8/11 3 39 2 0 2 1 4
T. Borchardt 3 6 0 0/1 0/0 3/4 5 25 0 0 0 2 4
G. Watson Jr. 0 4 1 0/10 0/2 0/1 2 39 1 0 0 1 3
T. Thorbjarnarson 0 3 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 12 0 0 0 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Allen 7 2 0 2/6 1/3 2/2 1 29 0 0 1 1 1
N. Akenten 3 4 0 1/4 1/3 0/0 2 12 0 0 0 1 3
B. Heiman 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
I. Copeland Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Trueblood - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Burke - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Costello - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Harris - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 45 38 5 12/57 4/17 17/26 17 200 5 5 4 10 28