Maryland defeated No. 17 Minnesota 63-49 on Saturday afternoon, giving the Terps their third ranked road win of the season.

Guard Eric Ayala was the star, as he scored 21 points in the win. Foward Donta Scott (15 points) was the only other Maryland player to score in double digits.

But the difference in the game came on the defense end. Maryland held the Gophers to just 49 points, their lowest scoring output of the season.

After the game, coach Mark Turgeon addressed the win and his defense’s performance.

Maryland’s defense was excellent in this game, and the numbers back that up. Minnesota shot just 30.3 percent from the field and 21.7 percent from beyond the arc. Maryland won the battle on the boards, as well, 38-30.

With the win, Maryland improves to 3-6 in conference play and re-enters the NCAA Tournament conversation. Entering this weekend, ESPN bracketology expert Joe Lunardi had Maryland designated as one of the “first four teams out.”

Maryland will host Wisconsin on Wednesday as it attempts to complete a season sweep vs. the Badgers.