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Cowan, Terrapins pull away from Loyola of Chicago 55-41

BALTIMORE (AP) No. 23 Maryland used its defense to work its way out of a tough spot.

Anthony Cowan had 17 points and Maryland scored 20 points off turnovers in a 55-41 victory over Loyola of Chicago on Saturday. The Terrapins also held the Ramblers to 32.7 percent shooting while bouncing back from Thursday night's disappointing 62-60 loss at Purdue.

''I knew we had toughness, but my guys showed me a lot today,'' Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. ''To have a devastating loss the way we did on the road and come back less than 48 hours later and play the way we played defensively showed great toughness.''

Cowan became the 55th player in Maryland history to score 1,000 career points, hitting the milestone with a free throw in the first half. Aaron Wiggins added 10 points for the Terps (8-2).

Cameron Krutwig scored 12 points for the short-handed Ramblers (5-5), who have lost four of five. Loyola committed a season-high 19 turnovers.

''We just had way too many bad possessions,'' coach Porter Moser said. ''You're going to have bad possessions, but not this many.''

Maryland won despite getting modest contributions from its imposing frontcourt. Sophomore Bruno Fernando and freshman Jalen Smith each picked up two fouls in the first half, and the pair combined for two points and two rebounds in 10 minutes as the Terps carried a 24-20 lead into halftime.

The 6-foot-10, 240-pound Fernando, who was averaging 14.7 points and 10.3 rebounds coming into the game, finished with eight points and five rebounds. The 6-10 Smith had one point and three rebounds in his first college game in his hometown.

Cowan and Fernando scored on Maryland's first two possessions of the second half, and Cowan added a 3-pointer to make it 31-22 with 17:03 to go. Loyola never got closer than six points the rest of the way.

It was the fewest points allowed by Maryland since a 71-38 victory over Monmouth on Dec. 12, 2012.

''I think it's definitely been pretty impressive, the defense that we've played thus far,'' Cowan said. ''I don't think it was just this game. I thought we defended very well last game. That's just been harped on in practice, just trying to be a good defensive team, and I think we're finally kind of showing that.''

The game was the second half of a doubleheader in the Charm City Classic. Morgan State defeated Towson 74-69 in the opener.

BIG PICTURE

Loyola of Chicago: The Ramblers dressed only eight scholarship players because guards Bruno Skokna and Lucas Williamson remain out with injuries. Loyola has lost both of its games against power conference teams this season (Boston College and Maryland).

Maryland: The Terps got solid minutes from frontcourt reserves Ivan Bender, Ricky Lindo Jr. and Joshua Tomaic, and that experience should help later in the year against Big Ten opponents. Maryland improved to 3-0 under Turgeon in games played in Baltimore.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

After splitting two games this week, Maryland could tumble out of the Top 25 after a two-week stay.

INJURIES

Maryland guard Darryl Morsell twisted his ankle in warmups. The sophomore scored just four points in 12 minutes, and only logged two minutes in the second half.

ROLE PLAYER

After scoring a combined two points in the Terps' last three games, freshman reserve Serrel Smith Jr. had eight points, all in the second half.

''Serrel probably had his first- or second-best game of the year,'' Turgeon said.

UP NEXT

Loyola of Chicago enters a week-long exam break and won't play until Dec. 16, when it entertains Norfolk State.

Maryland hosts Loyola (Md.) on Tuesday in the teams' first meeting since 2003.

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Key Players
M. Townes
5 G
A. Cowan Jr.
1 G
33.7 Min. Per Game 33.7
16.6 Pts. Per Game 16.6
4.7 Ast. Per Game 4.7
4.2 Reb. Per Game 4.2
47.2 Field Goal % 44.2
31.0 Three Point % 28.3
70.0 Free Throw % 79.5
  Defensive rebound by Eric Ayala 16.0
  Marques Townes missed layup, blocked by Jalen Smith 18.0
+ 1 Serrel Smith Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 28.0
+ 1 Serrel Smith Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 27.0
  Personal foul on Isaiah Bujdoso 27.0
+ 3 Clayton Custer made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Aher Uguak 28.0
  Offensive rebound by Loyola-Chicago 28.0
  Clayton Custer missed 3-pt. jump shot 30.0
  Offensive rebound by Isaiah Bujdoso 32.0
  Cameron Krutwig missed layup, blocked by Jalen Smith 34.0
  Offensive rebound by Isaiah Bujdoso 41.0
Team Stats
Points 41 55
Field Goals 16-49 (32.7%) 21-47 (44.7%)
3-Pointers 2-14 (14.3%) 8-25 (32.0%)
Free Throws 7-9 (77.8%) 5-7 (71.4%)
Total Rebounds 33 29
Offensive 8 4
Defensive 18 23
Team 7 2
Assists 5 10
Steals 5 6
Blocks 1 13
Turnovers 19 15
Fouls 12 13
Technicals 0 0
12 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST
17 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo Loyola-Chicago 5-5 202141
home team logo 23 Maryland 8-2 243155
Team Stats
away team logo Loyola-Chicago 5-5 68.5 PPG 36.2 RPG 13.8 APG
home team logo 23 Maryland 8-2 77.7 PPG 44.5 RPG 14.8 APG
Key Players
25
C. Krutwig C 13.7 PPG 7.3 RPG 1.5 APG 69.0 FG%
1
A. Cowan Jr. G 17.2 PPG 4.2 RPG 4.6 APG 44.7 FG%
Top Scorers
C. Krutwig C 12 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
A. Cowan Jr. G 17 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
32.7 FG% 44.7
14.3 3PT FG% 32.0
77.8 FT% 71.4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Krutwig 31 12 8 1 0 0 5 1 6/12 0/0 0/0 4 4
C. Custer 36 9 0 1 1 0 4 2 3/9 2/8 1/2 0 0
M. Townes 35 9 5 0 0 0 3 2 4/13 0/2 1/2 1 4
C. Kaifes 29 0 2 0 0 0 3 1 0/4 0/4 0/0 0 2
I. Bujdoso 24 0 4 0 2 0 1 3 0/2 0/0 0/0 2 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Krutwig 31 12 8 1 0 0 5 1 6/12 0/0 0/0 4 4
C. Custer 36 9 0 1 1 0 4 2 3/9 2/8 1/2 0 0
M. Townes 35 9 5 0 0 0 3 2 4/13 0/2 1/2 1 4
C. Kaifes 29 0 2 0 0 0 3 1 0/4 0/4 0/0 0 2
I. Bujdoso 24 0 4 0 2 0 1 3 0/2 0/0 0/0 2 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Uguak 29 9 1 2 0 0 1 1 2/6 0/0 5/5 1 0
C. Negron 14 2 5 1 2 1 1 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 5
F. Agunanne 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
J. Baughman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Skokna - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Williamson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Boehm - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Alcock - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Hall - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 41 26 5 5 1 19 12 16/49 2/14 7/9 8 18
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Cowan Jr. 35 17 3 4 1 1 5 0 6/12 3/8 2/3 0 3
B. Fernando 23 8 5 0 2 4 3 4 4/4 0/0 0/0 0 5
E. Ayala 33 5 2 3 0 0 2 0 2/8 1/4 0/0 0 2
D. Morsell 12 4 1 0 0 1 1 0 2/5 0/1 0/0 0 1
J. Smith 12 1 3 1 1 3 3 4 0/1 0/1 1/2 0 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Cowan Jr. 35 17 3 4 1 1 5 0 6/12 3/8 2/3 0 3
B. Fernando 23 8 5 0 2 4 3 4 4/4 0/0 0/0 0 5
E. Ayala 33 5 2 3 0 0 2 0 2/8 1/4 0/0 0 2
D. Morsell 12 4 1 0 0 1 1 0 2/5 0/1 0/0 0 1
J. Smith 12 1 3 1 1 3 3 4 0/1 0/1 1/2 0 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Wiggins 30 10 6 1 2 1 0 3 4/11 2/6 0/0 2 4
S. Smith Jr. 17 8 1 0 0 0 0 1 2/5 2/5 2/2 0 1
R. Lindo 24 2 5 0 0 1 1 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 3
I. Bender 8 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
J. Tomaic 6 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
A. Terrell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Valmon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Mona - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ramsey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 55 27 10 6 13 15 13 21/47 8/25 5/7 4 23