Wisconsin dropped a second straight game Wednesday, losing to Maryland by a score of 73-55. The defeat was the Badgers’ fifth in their last six contests and they are now 2-4 in away games this season.
Operating without starting guard Max Klesmit (upper body), the Badgers were never really in sync Wednesday. The lone bright spot for the team was freshman guard Connor Essegian, who produced a career-high 19 points (6-12 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT) in the loss.
Sophomore point guard Chucky Hepburn attempted a season-low three shots, leading to just three points (1-3 FG, 1-1 3Pt). Compared to the 12.7 PPG he averaged coming into Wednesday’s matchup, the team struggled without his production against Maryland.
Finally, Wisconsin was outrebounded by the Terrapins by 10 in the defeat (32-22), partly leading to the team being outscored 11-2 on second-chance opportunities.
On the other side, Maryland was led by senior guard Jahmir Young, who scored 22 points (8-15 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT) while recording eight rebounds five assists and a block as well.
Paired with the double-double (14 points and 10 rebounds) of senior forward Donta Scott, the Terrapins were able to dominate Wisconsin on Wednesday.
With the loss, the Badgers fall to 12-7 overall on the season and 4-5 in the Big Ten. They’ll return to action Saturday at home versus Illinois (14-6) at 2 PM.
For the Terrapins, the victory improves their overall record to 13-7 and 4-5 within the conference. Maryland’s next contest will come Saturday back home against Nebraska (10-11) at 3:30 PM.