Maryland basketball's nine-game winning streak is finally over, as the Terps registered their second loss of the season Tuesday against Michigan.
The Wolverines held off a late Maryland comeback to take a 70-67 win at home, their first big-time win of the season. Rasheed Sulaimon had a chance to tie it, but his deep three bounced off the rim with four seconds left, and the Terps will make the journey home without a victory for the first time in 2016.
Caris LeVert stayed on the bench with a leg injury, but Zak Irvin filled in for Michigan's star player. The junior scored 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting to pace the Wolverines. Melo Trimble tallied a season-low 2 points on 1-of-7 shooting, and was invisible when Maryland needed him in the second half.
Maryland trailed for most of the second half until Jake Layman hit a jump shot to make it 54-all with seven minutes left. It seemed like Maryland was poised to make another comeback, but Michigan didn't wilt. Threes by Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin kept the Wolverines alive as Maryland struggled to make shots for periods down the stretch. Sulaimon gave the Terps late life with two threes in the final minutes, but the Terps just couldn't stop the Wolverines late.
Diamond Stone finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Layman added 17 and 10. Those two led Maryland's second-half comeback, but it wasn't enough. The loss puts Maryland at 15-2 on the season (4-1 Big Ten).
Michigan got off to a hot start from behind the arc right from the get-go, and lead 37-29 at halftime. The Wolverines finished the first half 8-of-15 from deep, with Robinson and Irvin leading the way with 13 and 12 points in the half. Layman made all four of his shots in the frame, keeping the Terps in the game with 11 first-half points.
Michigan got out to an early lead in the second half, winning by as much as 13 before the Terps staged their (temporary) comeback. Maryland next plays Ohio State at Xfinity Center this Saturday.
Three things to know
1. Maryland was bound to lose sometime. The Terps didn't look great tonight, but they weren't going undefeated in conference play. It'll hurt to lose to Michigan without LeVert, but Maryland will survive.
3. Duncan Robinson can light it up from deep. Michigan's D-III transfer doesn't need much space to launch a three, and he hit five of nine bombs against the Terrapins. He had Dick Vitale comparing him to any good shooter who's ever lived, and he earned the praise. He's a scary threat from deep, and this won't be the last you hear of him.