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Terps save best for last again against Redbirds

Terps save best for last again against Redbirds

Maryland came to the Cancun Challenge looking to play looser than it had last week in its come-from-behind wins against Georgetown and Rider at Xfinity Center. The Terps wanted to show the skeptics that they were one of the best teams in the country.

After moving up to No. 2 behind Kentucky on Monday, the Terps nearly went down again as heavy favorites. But as they had against the Hoyas and Broncs, Maryland saved its best for the last seven minutes against an inspired bunch of Redbirds from Illinois State.

Trailing by five points with 7:26 remaining and hearing the Redbird fans drowning out their own at the intimate court inside the Hard Rock Resort’s convention hall,...