Maryland beats Nebraska on back-to-back nights, 79-71

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Eric Ayala scored 17 of his career-high 24 points in the first half and Maryland beat Nebraska 79-71 on Wednesday to sweep the regular-season series on consecutive nights.

Maryland (13-10, 7-9 Big Ten) has won three straight, including a 64-50 victory over the Cornhuskers on Tuesday night. That contest replaced the originally scheduled game on Jan. 16, which was postponed due to health and safety protocols within the Cornhusker program.

Aaron Wiggins added 22 points for the Terrapins, who made 13 3-pointers. Maryland hadn’t played the same opponent on back-to-back days since 1949 and it had been since 1921 for the Cornhuskers.

Teddy Allen led the Cornhuskers (5-14, 1-11) with 25 points, one shy of his career best. He was 8 of 12 from the field. Lat Mayen added 13 points and Dalano Banton had 11, and the pair each had seven rebounds.

Nebraska pulled within 11 points midway through the second half, but Maryland answered with a 6-0 surge and later built a 72-52 lead.

Nebraska hosts Purdue on Saturday. Maryland plays at Rutgers on Sunday.

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