Terrapins drop close game to No. 23 Wisconsin, 70-69


Eric Ayala walks back to the locker room, after losing to Wisconsin 70-69.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WDVM) – In a tale of two halves, the Maryland Terrapins would overcome a 15+ point deficit, keeping their game close against No. 23 Wisconsin, before losing 70-69.

Eric Ayala led the way for the Terps with 19 points, and five rebounds. Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis gave the Badgers 19 points, and seven rebounds.

“I don’t like it when you give up such an early lead, like we did tonight.” said Danny Manning, “But we’ve shown that we have the wherewithal to continue to find a way to claw, fight, and scratch, and get back into the ball game.”

Ayala’s 19 points all came in the second half, including back-to-back three pointers that helped Maryland pick up their first lead of the game, 36-35. The lead changed 5 times in the game, before Wisconsin found their footing late in the game.

“I mean tonight was a winnable game.” said Ayala. “No moral victories or anything like that, but we definitely walk away from this game, me personally, excited for our next game. Cause I think we’re right there on the line of getting a win. And it only takes one win, when we get that one win, we hit the ground running.”

Maryland are still looking for their first conference win of the season, as they prepare to face Northwestern on the road, on Wednesday night at 9pm.

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