Jalen Smith and Anthony Cowan combined for 41 points as No. 7 Maryland beat Northwestern 76-67 Tuesday night at Xfinity Center in College Park, Md., for the Terrapins' ninth straight victory.
Smith had 22 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, while Cowan had 19 points and five assists. Maryland (22-4, 13-3) went to 15-0 at home this season and remained atop the Big Ten standings. The Wildcats (6-19, 1-14) have lost 10 straight games.
Ryan Young had 17 points, 11 in the second half, to pace Northwestern, which shot 52.9 percent (18-of-34) to hang tough down the stretch. Boo Buie had 15, and Miller Kopp added 13 for hard-luck Northwestern.
Maryland led by 14 points early in the second half but the Wildcats battled back to trail by four on a couple of occasions, the last at 10:45 on Buie's layup to make it 50-46. But Donta Scott answered with a 3-pointer to start a 7-2 run.
The Wildcats never got closer than six the rest of the way as Maryland completed a season sweep of Northwestern and continued the school's longest conference winning streak since 12 in a row in the ACC in 2001-02, the year the Terrapins won the national championship.
Cowan passed Tom McMillen (1971-74) for eighth place on Maryland's all-time scoring list with 1,809 points. Darryl Morsell (13 points) and Scott (12) were also in double figures. Smith posted his ninth consecutive double-double.
The Terrapins ran off 10 straight points and ended the first half on a 12-3 run to take an 37-25 lead to the locker room and never trailed from there. Smith had 12 points and 12 rebounds by the break. Northwestern had whittled an 11-point lead down to 25-22 at 4:05 on Buie's jumper. But Morsell hit a corner 3-pointer 20 seconds later to start the 10-0 spree.
Maryland had a 41-33 rebounding edge, led by Smith's big effort, and the Terrapins were 18-of-22 at the free throw line, including 14-of-17 in the second half to stave off the Wildcats. Northwestern was 6 of 8 at the line for the game but hung close as Maryland connected on just 1 of 13 3-point attempts in the final 20 minutes.
Northwestern returns home to host Minnesota on Sunday, Feb. 23. The Terrapins travel to No. 25 Ohio State that same day.
--Field Level Media