New year, new team.

Two Sundays ago, Nebraska suffered a deflating loss to Gardner-Webb.

Two Sundays later, Nebraska owns road wins against No. 16 Indiana and Maryland. That's two teams expected to contend for the Big Ten Conference championship.

This latest win may be sweeter for Tim Miles' crew.

The Husker men rallied from 13 points down, threw in a new defensive wrinkle, and finished the game on a 14-0 run to stun the Terrapins 67-65 on Sunday in College Park, Maryland.

Maryland standout Melo Trimble, who finished with 14 points, had two cracks to win the game in the final seconds, but missed two three-point attempts.

"I told our guys in a meeting yesterday, 'You got to knock Nebraska out. They keep coming,'" Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "We never knocked them out."

The Huskers, seeking to build off Wednesday's 87-83 win at Indiana, looked strong, jumping to an eight-point lead early in the second half.

But Nebraska hit a second-half rut. It dug a deeper hole when Kevin Huerter converted a four-point play to highlight a 17-0 run that pushed Maryland's lead to 60-47 with 8 minutes, 37 seconds remaining.

Then NU fought back.

"We just said, 'Hang in there. Just hang in there. Be the toughest team on the floor,'" Miles said on his postgame radio show.

Senior Tai Webster hit several key runners late and finished with 18 points, and sophomore Glynn Watson added 17 points. Sophomore forward Michael Jacobson had 10 points and nine rebounds, and sophomore Ed Morrow overcame a slow start to finish with nine points and seven boards.

Nebraska (8-6) is 2-0 in league play for the first time since 2005-06, when it was a member of the Big 12.

"It's an awesome feeling, obviously, to grab two on the road," Jacobson said on the postgame radio show. "I guess steal them a little bit, because I don't think anybody expected us to win, except for ourselves."

On Wednesday, Nebraska snapped Indiana's 26-game home win streak. On Sunday, the Huskers became just the second Big Ten team to win at the Xfinity Center since Maryland joined the league.

Maryland (13-2, 1-1 Big Ten) used the 17-0 run to take control midway through the second half.

Nebraska switched to a 1-3-1 zone defense late to neutralize the Terps, who didn't score a field goal over the final 6:47.

"We needed to," Miles said. "I like the 1-3-1 for us. It's strong in the mid-line. We can get our two bigs in the middle and down low.

"(Xavier coach) Chris Mack helped us with that. Once Anton (Gill) went down, and I knew we lost some speed and athleticism defensively, I'm like, 'I don't like 2-3 zone with this group.' So we had to adapt."

Nebraska took a 47-43 lead on Webster's layup with 12:21 remaining. But Maryland scored the next 17 points over a stretch of 3-plus minutes. The Huskers went 0-for-6 from the field during that time.

But NU didn't go away, and free throws by Watson and Jacobson cut the Terps' lead to 65-60 with 3:19 remaining.

Then Webster slashed inside for two. 65-62.

The senior cut inside for two more. 65-64.

And then after an NU timeout, Webster shook off Trimble, took the ball from Jacobson, and drove the baseline for two more with 30 seconds left. 66-65.

Webster scored the game's final seven points.

"We knew if we keep grinding, if we keep swinging, do some of the things we do well, and just keep playing to our strengths, we knew we could have a chance at the end of the game," Jacobson said.

Nebraska won despite missing on all seven of its second-half three-point shots. The Huskers also made just 9 of 16 free throws in the final 20 minutes.

"I thought we weren't our best, but we hung in there, hung tough, and these guys really believe in each other," Miles said. "And it was really fun to be a part of."

Nebraska overcame a big game from Huerter. The 6-foot-7 freshman, who entered averaging 6.9 points per game, finished with 26 and was 7-of-11 from three-point range.

"We didn't have a good matchup for Kevin Huerter, couldn't get to him," Miles said. "When we did, we were slow and they really made us pay on that."


* This marks the first time since 1979-80 that Nebraska has won its first two conference games on the road.

* Webster has scored in double figures in 15 straight games dating to last season.

* NU sophomore Jack McVeigh, who did not play against Indiana, played three minutes off the bench Sunday, and didn't score.

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Clark Grell is sports editor.

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