Bender rewrote the script after being introduced in a pregame ceremony. The Bosnia native bent down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend.
Though caught by surprise, Andrea Knezevic said yes.
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon had given Bender the box containing the engagement ring before he walked toward midcourt to join Knezevic.
Bender, whose college career has been beset by knee injuries, appeared in 23 games this season and scored 7 points total.