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Cowan scores 24 and Maryland pulls away to beat Navy 78-57

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Maryland's shots were clanging off the rim, and suddenly the Terrapins found themselves in a tie game with Navy.

Time to crank up the defense.

Maryland limited the Midshipmen to six baskets over the final 14 1/2 minutes and pulled away to a 78-57 victory Friday night.

Anthony Cowan scored 24 points and Darryl Morsell added 15 for the Terrapins, who won despite never really getting into a solid groove offensively.

''I was proud of my guys tonight. We really played well the last 14 minutes or so,'' coach Mark Turgeon said. ''We were great defensively.''

Morsell made two free throws to put Maryland (2-0) in front for good, 41-39, and Cowan buried a 3 to give the Terrapins a bit of separation.

Minutes later, Morsell had a dunk and a layup in a 10-3 spree that made it 54-44.

Despite going 5 for 23 from 3-point range, Maryland outscored Navy 23-12 at the foul line and forced 17 turnovers.

Sooner or later, the youthful Terps will find their shot. Until then, they're going to try to win by playing hard on the other end of the court.

''We haven't shot the ball well these first two games, but we're still locked in defensively,'' Morsell said. ''It shows a lot about this team. When we start hitting shots, it's going to be fun. That's all I can say.''

Cam Davis scored 12 for the Midshipmen (0-2), who ultimately couldn't keep up with the faster, taller Terrapins.

In the opener of the fifth annual Veteran's Classic, Wichita State beat Providence 83-80. The nightcap was competitive well into the second half.

Navy returned from halftime with a 7-0 run to close to 33-32, causing Turgeon to call a timeout with just over two minutes elapsed.

''The biggest thing we had going for us was energy,'' Davis said. ''When we came out at halftime, we did everything we needed to do.''

Not long after that, however, the Terrapins finally pulled away.

''We wouldn't figure out the zone, so we just spread it out and drove it because we couldn't make a shot,'' Turgeon said.

Maryland led 33-25 at halftime despite a 10-for-32 shooting performance that included 12 misfires from beyond the arc.

Navy missed 10 of its first 11 shots and fell behind 16-6. Soon after that, the Terrapins' shooting touch went awry, too.

The Midshipmen were fortunate to be within striking range after going 7 for 26 from the floor with nine turnovers.

ADMIRAL IN THE HOUSE

Former Navy star David Robinson was in attendance and introduced to the sellout crowd during the first half.

Prior to this game, the last time Maryland faced Navy on the basketball court was in the second round of the 1985 NCAA Tournament, when Len Bias and the Terps bested Robinson and Navy 64-59.

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: The Terrapins are 2-0 and haven't looked good in either victory. Fortunately, they've got plenty of time to grow and work out the kinks with a succession of home games against lesser foes before hosting Virginia on Nov. 28.

Navy: Playing out of their league, literally, the Midshipmen didn't have the height or talent to match up against a Big Ten foe. Fortunately for Navy, the competition in the Patriot League is not quite as formidable.

UP NEXT

Maryland: The Terrapins host North Carolina A&T on Monday night, the first of six consecutive home games through Dec. 1.

Navy: The Midshipmen host another Maryland school, Coppin State, on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Richard Njoku made layup, assist by Josiah Strong 16.0
+ 2 Eric Ayala made layup 40.0
  Offensive rebound by Ivan Bender 51.0
  Serrel Smith Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 53.0
+ 1 Danny Ogele made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:08
  Danny Ogele missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:08
  Shooting foul on Ricky Lindo 1:08
+ 2 Anthony Cowan Jr. made layup 1:28
  Lost ball turnover on Hasan Abdullah, stolen by Anthony Cowan Jr. 1:33
+ 2 Anthony Cowan Jr. made layup 1:49
  Defensive rebound by Anthony Cowan Jr. 1:53
Team Stats
Points 78 57
Field Goals 25-59 (42.4%) 19-52 (36.5%)
3-Pointers 5-23 (21.7%) 7-20 (35.0%)
Free Throws 23-27 (85.2%) 12-20 (60.0%)
Total Rebounds 40 33
Offensive 9 8
Defensive 27 24
Team 4 1
Assists 12 15
Steals 8 6
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 10 17
Fouls 18 21
Technicals 1 0
24 PTS, 3 REB, 6 AST
12 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Maryland 2-0 334578
home team logo Navy 0-2 253257
Team Stats
away team logo Maryland 2-0 77.7 PPG 46.3 RPG 16.3 APG
home team logo Navy 0-2 50.5 PPG 42 RPG 12.0 APG
Key Players
1
A. Cowan Jr. G 17.3 PPG 4.0 RPG 4.0 APG 40.0 FG%
22
C. Davis G 7.0 PPG 3.5 RPG 1.5 APG 33.3 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Cowan Jr. G 24 PTS 3 REB 6 AST
C. Davis G 12 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
42.4 FG% 36.5
21.7 3PT FG% 35.0
85.2 FT% 60.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Cowan Jr. 37 24 3 6 4 0 1 2 8/15 2/9 6/6 0 3
A. Wiggins 29 12 4 2 1 1 0 2 4/10 2/6 2/2 0 4
J. Smith 19 11 5 0 2 1 0 3 3/6 1/2 4/5 1 4
B. Fernando 31 9 10 1 0 1 3 3 3/5 0/0 3/4 3 7
E. Ayala 29 5 3 2 0 0 1 1 1/6 0/2 3/4 1 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Cowan Jr. 37 24 3 6 4 0 1 2 8/15 2/9 6/6 0 3
A. Wiggins 29 12 4 2 1 1 0 2 4/10 2/6 2/2 0 4
J. Smith 19 11 5 0 2 1 0 3 3/6 1/2 4/5 1 4
B. Fernando 31 9 10 1 0 1 3 3 3/5 0/0 3/4 3 7
E. Ayala 29 5 3 2 0 0 1 1 1/6 0/2 3/4 1 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Morsell 27 15 6 1 1 0 3 2 5/13 0/2 5/6 2 4
I. Bender 6 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 0
R. Mona 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
S. Smith Jr. 11 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 1
R. Lindo 6 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 2
A. Terrell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Tomaic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Valmon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ramsey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 78 36 12 8 4 10 18 25/59 5/23 23/27 9 27
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Davis 32 12 4 2 0 0 0 0 5/11 1/2 1/2 1 3
J. Carter Jr. 26 7 8 3 2 0 3 2 2/7 2/4 1/2 2 6
E. Wieck 12 6 5 0 1 0 1 4 2/2 0/0 2/2 2 3
H. Abdullah 30 5 4 6 3 0 7 1 1/6 1/2 2/4 0 4
G. Kiernan 28 3 2 1 0 1 2 1 1/6 1/4 0/2 1 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Davis 32 12 4 2 0 0 0 0 5/11 1/2 1/2 1 3
J. Carter Jr. 26 7 8 3 2 0 3 2 2/7 2/4 1/2 2 6
E. Wieck 12 6 5 0 1 0 1 4 2/2 0/0 2/2 2 3
H. Abdullah 30 5 4 6 3 0 7 1 1/6 1/2 2/4 0 4
G. Kiernan 28 3 2 1 0 1 2 1 1/6 1/4 0/2 1 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Loehr 23 11 2 0 0 0 0 4 4/8 1/3 2/2 1 1
D. Ogele 12 6 2 1 0 0 0 1 1/4 0/1 4/6 0 2
R. Pearson 5 3 1 0 0 0 3 1 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 1
R. Njoku 5 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
G. Summers 7 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 2
I. Burnett 10 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0/4 0/2 0/0 1 0
J. Strong 10 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
D. Antonelli - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Mannion - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lawrence - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Loehr - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Reagan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Terrell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Silva - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Marion - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Kasanganay - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 57 32 15 6 3 17 21 19/52 7/20 12/20 8 24