Nick Martinelli leads undermanned Northwestern past Maryland

Sophomore Nick Martinelli grinded inside for a career-high 27 points to spark short-handed Northwestern to a 68-61 win over Maryland on Wednesday in College Park, Md.Brooks Barnhizer tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds and Boo Buie added 12 points as the Wildcats (20-8, 11-6 Big Ten) won for the fifth time in their past six games.It was just the second win ever in College Park for Northwestern, which completed its first-ever regular season sweep of Maryland.The win came despite the absence of third-leading scorer Ryan Langborg (12.5 points per game), who was sidelined by an ankle injury, furthering the manpower issues for the Wildcats. Earlier this month, they lost Ty Berry (11.6 ppg) to a season-ending meniscus tear.Northwestern made 46.3 percent of its shots from the floor but just 2 of 13 (15.4 percent) from beyond the 3-point arc. The Wildcats thrived at the free-throw line, where they made 28 of 31 tries (90.3 percent), led by Barnhizer, who made all 10 of his attempts, and Martinelli, who hit 9 of 10.Jahmir Young had 24 points and six assists to lead Maryland (15-14, 7-11) which has lost six of its past eight games, watching its hopes for an NCAA Tournament at-large berth disappear.The Terrapins made just 38.9 percent of their shots, including 2 of 22 (9.1 percent) from long distance.DeShawn Harris-Smith had 14 points, and Julian Reese added 12 points and five rebounds while battling foul trouble.In an ugly first half, Maryland made 1 of 14 attempts from 3-point range and made just two field goals in a 14-minute spell.