For once, Duke ran out of magic, leaving only two unbeaten teams in Division 1.
Nik Caner-Medley had 25 points before leaving with an ankle injury, and his Maryland teammates finished off the second-ranked Blue Devils at the free throw line in a 75-66 victory last night in Durham, N.C.
The Terrapins (12-5, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost three of their previous five games, all by at least 15 points. But they hung with Duke (15-1, 5-1) throughout and completed the improbable victory by allowing only 2 points in the final 3 1/2 minutes.
Ekene Ibekwe gave Maryland the lead for good with a tough layup in traffic off an inbounds play, set up during a timeout by coach Gary Williams. That made it 66-64 with 1:23 left, and the Blue Devils had no answer.
Daniel Ewing missed badly on a 3-pointer, and Travis Garrison started a parade at the line for the Terps. He was 5 for 6 in the final minute and Ibekwe was 4 for 4 to close it out.
Ibekwe came off the bench for the first time this season and scored 15 points. John Gilchrist had 10 for Maryland.
J.J. Redick led the Blue Devils with 20 points but also had eight turnovers, including two within seconds in the final minutes.
Louisville 99, Marquette 52 -- Larry O'Bannon made six 3-pointers and scored 30 points, both career highs, to help the No. 12 Cardinals rout visiting Marquette, the Golden Eagles' most-lopsided loss ever. O'Bannon also had five rebounds and seven assists, and Francisco Garcia added 14 points for Louisville (17-3, 5-1 Conference USA), which snapped a three-game home losing streak to Marquette and won for the 11th time in 12 games.
Alabama 60, Auburn 55 -- Earnest Shelton scored 22 points and made five late 3-pointers to lead the No. 14 Crimson Tide to their fourth straight victory over the host Tigers. Alabama (16-3, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) held off Auburn (9-9, 0-5) after the Tigers cut a 15-point deficit to 1 in the second half. Nathan Watson led Auburn with 13 points.
Vedran Vukusic, who was doubtful to start because of a sore shoulder, scored a career-high 32 points for Northwestern, including 13 in the final two minutes of regulation to spark the Wildcats' remarkable comeback that ended a four-game losing streak.
Northeastern 65, Stony Brook 56 -- Jose Juan Barea scored 25 points on 10-of-21 shooting to lead the Huskies in front of 1,138 fans at Solomon Court. NU (11-7, 7-2 America East) was in control for most of the game, although the Seawolves took a 37-36 lead on two Cori Spencer free throws less than a minute into the second half.
The Huskies then went on an 11-0 run, starting with sophomore Adrian Martinez's 3-pointer. Freshman Mark Washington capped the run with a jumper following a Stony Brook turnover to make it 47-37 with 14:02 left.
The Seawolves (7-11, 2-7) again made it close, cutting the deficit to 51-47 on Hendrik Feist's 3-pointer, but the Huskies pulled away by scoring the next 6 points. Washington hit a layup at 6:02 to increase the NU lead to 57-47.
Northeastern held Stony Brook to 28 percent (7 for 25) shooting in the second half.
Barea was the lone double-digit scorer for the Huskies, and added five assists and four rebounds.