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No. 8 Maryland tops No. 3 Iowa, 74-68

No. 8 Maryland tops No. 3 Iowa, 74-68
Maryland's Rasheed Sulaimon, left, drives to the basket around Iowa's Dom Uhl in the second half onThursday. (Gail Burton / AP)

Robert Carter Jr. and Rasheed Sulaimon each scored 17 points, and No. 8 Maryland used a late charge to beat No. 3 Iowa, 74-68, on Thursday night, ending the Hawkeyes' nine-game winning streak.

The Terrapins led, 62-60, before freshman center Diamond Stone dunked off a pass from Jake Layman with 1:24 left. After a steal on the other end by Melo Trimble, Jared Nickens made a layup for a six-point lead.

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Maryland (18-3, 7-2 Big Ten) made the margin stand up by making eight free throws over the final 49 seconds.

Coming off a defeat at Michigan State on Saturday, the Terrapins improved to 10-0 following a loss over the last two seasons.

Peter Jok scored 14 points for the Hawkeyes (16-4, 7-1), who lost for the first time since Dec. 10. Jarrod Uthoff, who entered averaging a Big Ten-leading 18.9 points, finished with nine points on two-for-13 shooting.

at Syracuse 81, No. 25 Notre Dame 66: Trevor Cooney scored 22 points to lead four Syracuse players in double figures, and the Orange beat the Fighting Irish.

It was the fourth victory of the season over a ranked team for Syracuse (14-8, 4-5 ACC), which built a 44-27 halftime lead and was not threatened in the second half by the Irish (14-6, 5-3), who played without injured point guard and leading scorer Demetrius Jackson.

The loss snapped the Irish's four-game win streak.

No. 12 Michigan State 76, Northwestern 45: Denzel Valentine made five of Michigan State's season-high 16 three-pointers and the Spartans clamped down on cold-shooting Northwestern.

Valentine finished with 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds as the Spartans (18-4, 5-4 Big Ten) beat the Wildcats for the seventh straight time. Matt McQuaid scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half, and freshman Deyonta Davis had eight points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots.

Northwestern (15-7, 3-6) shot a season-low 20.7% from the field in its fourth consecutive loss. It finished with more free throws (17) than field goals (12).

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