COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WCIA) — Jahmir Young called game.
The Maryland guard hit a dagger 3 with 14 seconds left to give the 22nd-ranked Terrapins a four-point lead and an upset 71-66 win over No. 16 Illinois on Friday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams at Xfinity Center.
The Charlotte transfer scored a game high 24 points to keep the Terps (8-0, 1-0 B1G) unbeaten, while handing the Illini (6-2, 0-1 B1G) their second loss. Hakim Hart scored 17 points for Maryland, with Donta Scott adding 12.
Illinois went up 14-13 after a fast-paced start to the game but it ended up being the last lead of the night for the Orange and Blue. Maryland used an 11-0 run to take a 12-point advantage at 28-16 midway through the first half, leading 41-34 at the break.
Terrence Shannon Jr. led the Illini in scoring with a team-high 19 points but had a scary moment in the second half after getting into a collision with Julian Reese. The Texas Tech transfer laid on the court in pain before eventually getting up on his own but had a large, bloody gash above his eye. Illinois head coach Brad Underwood said Shannon Jr. needed stitches after the game. Coleman Hawkins added 16 points and seven boards for the Illini, with RJ Melendez the other player in double-figures with 13 for Illinois.
Illinois returns to Champaign but will be flying back to the East Coast on Monday afternoon to get ready for Tuesday night’s game against No. 2 Texas at Madison Square Garden in the Jimmy V Classic. The Longhorns are unbeaten this season.