Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Maalik Wayns netted 22 points to offset Corey Stokes’ rough outing, and No. 7 Villanova overcame a double-digit deficit in the second half to top Maryland, 74-66, in a non-conference clash at Wells Fargo Center.
Stokes, the Wildcats’ leading scorer, was held to nine points on 4-of-14 shooting and was essentially a spectator during a 19-0 run that turned the game around for Villanova (16-1), which extended its winning streak to 11 games.
Jordan Williams recorded another double-double with 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Terrapins (11-6), who were looking for their fifth win in six games but made just three field goals over the final nine-plus minutes.
Villanova trailed 59-47 near the halfway point of the second half before finally turning up the tempo.
Fisher ignited the game-alerting run with a pair of three-pointers around a tough runner, the latter trey tying the game 59-59 with 6 1/2 minutes left.
James Bell cleaned up a Stokes miss while being fouled and made the subsequent free throw for a three-point lead with 5:25 remaining.
Maryland abandoned its effective inside game, missing four three-pointers over five possessions during the run. Isaiah Armwood’s two free throws yielded a 66-59 cushion before Williams finally ended Maryland’s drought with a layup while being fouled with 2:13 to play.
Williams missed the free throw, though, and Wayns answered an Adrian Bowie basket with a three-pointer from the left wing with 1:10 on the clock.
The Wildcats held on by making 5-of-8 from the foul line in the final minute.
Two free throws from Wayns capped 10 straight Villanova points for a 23-15 lead midway through the first half.
Dino Gregory’s emphatic dunk sparked the Terrapins later on, as they held the Wildcats to one field goal over the final five minutes of the half. Maryland scored eight of the final 10 points for a 36-33 advantage at the break.
Fisher opened the second-half scoring with a jumper, but Maryland netted the next eight points — capped by a Sean Mosley jumper — to stretch its margin to 44-35.
Villanova cut the deficit to four on a pair of occasions over the next three minutes, but Bowie got inside for a pair of layups during a 9-1 run that made it 57-45 with just under 11 minutes to play.
Dominic Cheek, Villanova’s leading scorer off the bench, sprained his knee in the first half and did not return…Williams has recorded 11 straight double- doubles, the second longest stretch in Maryland history…Stokes came in averaging 17 points per game…Bowie and Gregory each scored 10 points for the Terps…Led by Armwood’s 13 boards and Mouphtaou Yarou’s 12, the Wildcats held a 43-33 edge on the glass…Maryland went 2-for-11 from three-point range…Both teams return to conference action next week, as Villanova travels to Connecticut on Monday and Maryland hosts Virginia Tech on Thursday.