Ayala, Russell lead Maryland past Northwestern in double OT

Maryland_Northwestern_Basketball_16019 Maryland guard Fatts Russell, bottom, rebounds the ball against Northwestern forward Pete Nance during the second overtime of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. Maryland won 94-87 in the second overtime.
Maryland_Northwestern_Basketball_98490 Northwestern guard Ryan Greer, left, shoots over Maryland guard Fatts Russell during the second overtime of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. Maryland won 94-87 in the second overtime.
Maryland_Northwestern_Basketball_61493 Northwestern head coach Chris Collins looks up the score board during the second overtime of an NCAA college basketball game against Maryland in Evanston, Ill., Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. Maryland won 94-87 in the second overtime.
Maryland_Northwestern_Basketball_69682 Maryland players react as they celebrate during the second overtime of an NCAA college basketball game against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. Maryland won 94-87 in the second overtime.
Maryland_Northwestern_Basketball_64340 Maryland guard Fatts Russell, right, drives to the basket against Northwestern forward Pete Nance during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022.
Maryland_Northwestern_Basketball_24871 Maryland forward Julian Reese (10) drive to the basket against Northwestern guard Ryan Greer during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022.
Maryland_Northwestern_Basketball_09071 Maryland guard Eric Ayala, left, shoots over Northwestern guard Chase Audige during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022.
Maryland_Northwestern_Basketball_79449 Northwestern forward Pete Nance, left, shoots over Maryland guard Hakim Hart during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. Maryland won 94-87 in the second overtime.
Maryland_Northwestern_Basketball_80662 Maryland guard Eric Ayala, top, drives against Northwestern guard Chase Audige during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022.
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EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Eric Ayala finished with career highs of 26 points and 11 rebounds and Fatts Russell scored 13 of his 23 points after regulation to help Maryland fend off Northwestern 94-87 in double overtime on Wednesday night.

Ayala knocked down 5 of 11 from 3-point range in notching the first double-double of his career for the Terrapins (9-7, 1-4 Big Ten Conference), who snapped a three-game skid. Russell, a graduate transfer from Rhode Island — and the only active Division I player with 1,700 points, 450 assists and 225 steals — scored 13 of Maryland’s 22 points in the extra periods. Russell added seven assists.

Northwestern’s Robbie Beran scored on a layup with 3 seconds remaining to knot the score at 30 at halftime. Pete Nance made 1 of 2 free throws with 11 seconds left to send the game to OT tied at 72. Russell’s three-point play with 31 seconds to play knotted the score at 83 and forced a second OT. After the teams traded baskets, Hakim Hart and Russell sank back-to-back jumpers and the Terrapins never trailed again.

Hart finished with 18 points, eight rebounds and more importantly two steals for Maryland. The Terrapins are 8-0 this season when Hart has at least two steals. Donta Scott pitched in with 17 points, six rebounds and four assists before fouling out.

Nance scored a career-high 28 points and matched his career best with 14 rebounds to notch his fourth double-double of the season for Northwestern (8-6, 1-4). Beran added 14 points before fouling out, while Boo Buie scored 13 with seven boards.

Maryland will entertain Rutgers on Saturday. Northwestern, which has lost four straight, travels to play Michigan State on Saturday.

Also, Maryland announced that assistant coach Bruce Shingler has been suspended for 30 days for a violation of his employment agreement. The university had no further comment.

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