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Late surge carries Maryland past Loyola (Md.) 94-71

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Playing listlessly and with little focus, Maryland squandered most of a 24-point lead against an overmatched foe.

Finally, midway through the second half, the Terrapins decided it was time to play up to their potential.

Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 23 points, freshman Jalen Smith added a career-high 20 and Maryland used a 19-0 run to secure a 94-71 victory over Loyola of Maryland on Tuesday night.

After leading 55-31, the Terrapins found themselves up by only 10 points with 10:11 remaining.

''We weren't mentally into it, as you guys could tell by our defense,'' coach Mark Turgeon told reporters afterward.

And then, just like that, the Terps (9-2) held the Greyhounds scoreless for nearly four minutes while pouring it on at the other end of the court.

''I think they just got fed up with each other and the way they were playing,'' Turgeon said. ''I didn't do anything. It was just our guys saying enough is enough, and they started guarding.''

Cowan led the blitz on the offensive end with three foul shots, a layup and a 3-pointer. Smith and Bruno Fernando contributed a dunk apiece and Aaron Wiggins chipped in with seven points.

That made it 83-54 with 6:15 left, and the Greyhounds (4-7) were done. Turns out, they got a little too giddy after getting so close against the bigger, more athletic Terps.

''We celebrated a little too aggressively,'' coach Tavaras Hardy said. ''I told them, `You've got to be stoic. Just keep it cool, calm, don't wake a sleeping giant.' Obviously, the 19-0 run after that didn't feel good.''

Maryland went 11 for 21 from 3-point range and finished with a 42-28 rebounding advantage.

''We did a lot of positives in this game tonight,'' Turgeon said.

Andrew Kostecka scored 18 for Loyola (4-7) and Chuck Champion had 16.

''Obviously, they're really talented, bigger than us at every position,'' Hardy said of the Terrapins. ''We knew that coming in. I wanted to see our guys fight. And we did.''

The Terrapins went 7 for 11 from 3-point range and had assists on 13 of their 16 baskets while building a 46-28 halftime lead.

Maryland led 17-7 before Champion hit successive 3-pointers to get Loyola within striking distance, but that's as close as the Greyhounds would get.

Eric Ayala followed with a 3-pointer, sparking an 18-10 surge in which four different Terps connected from beyond the arc.

BIG PICTURE

Loyola: The Greyhounds have only two seniors on the roster, none in the starting lineup, so games like this can only help when they open Patriot League play next month.

Maryland: This game was much like the Terrapins' season, in that the team was alternatingly sharp and sloppy. Fortunately, Maryland could afford those lapses against the Greyhounds, who did not have a player who could match up with Smith and Fernando, both of whom are 6-foot-10.

DEALING WITH IT

It's been an up-and-down span for Maryland, which dropped from the Top 25 after losing to Purdue last week.

The Terps bounced back to beat Loyola of Chicago on Saturday, but put forth an uneven performance against the Greyhounds.

''Ten years ago, this would have killed me, a game like this,'' Turgeon said. ''But it's been a tough stretch, and we have a lot on our plate.''

UP NEXT

Loyola: Travels to UMass Lowell on Dec. 21.

Maryland: Hosts Seton Hall on Dec. 22.

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Key Players
C. Champion
14 G
A. Cowan Jr.
1 G
33.8 Min. Per Game 33.8
16.6 Pts. Per Game 16.6
4.6 Ast. Per Game 4.6
4.1 Reb. Per Game 4.1
38.7 Field Goal % 44.7
33.3 Three Point % 32.8
75.0 Free Throw % 82.4
  Defensive rebound by Joshua Tomaic 0.0
  Luke Johnson missed jump shot 1.0
  Defensive rebound by Loyola-Maryland 9.0
  Joshua Tomaic missed layup, blocked by Jan Dornik 11.0
+ 1 Jan Dornik made 2nd of 2 free throws 33.0
  Jan Dornik missed 1st of 2 free throws 33.0
  Shooting foul on Trace Ramsey 33.0
  Defensive rebound by Jan Dornik 36.0
  Trace Ramsey missed jump shot 38.0
  Lost ball turnover on Luke Johnson 1:07
  Defensive rebound by Ethan Norton 1:32
Team Stats
Points 71 94
Field Goals 28-59 (47.5%) 33-68 (48.5%)
3-Pointers 11-21 (52.4%) 11-21 (52.4%)
Free Throws 4-8 (50.0%) 17-19 (89.5%)
Total Rebounds 28 42
Offensive 3 10
Defensive 20 27
Team 5 5
Assists 14 19
Steals 7 4
Blocks 6 8
Turnovers 13 8
Fouls 17 10
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 1 REB, 4 AST
23 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST
12T
away team logo Loyola-Maryland 4-7 284371
home team logo Maryland 9-2 464894
Team Stats
away team logo Loyola-Maryland 4-7 72.9 PPG 34.7 RPG 14.0 APG
home team logo Maryland 9-2 71.4 PPG 42.4 RPG 13.1 APG
Key Players
10
A. Kostecka G 21.3 PPG 4.8 RPG 2.4 APG 52.3 FG%
1
A. Cowan Jr. G 15.6 PPG 3.7 RPG 4.4 APG 39.3 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Kostecka G 18 PTS 1 REB 4 AST
A. Cowan Jr. G 23 PTS 5 REB 5 AST
47.5 FG% 48.5
52.4 3PT FG% 52.4
50.0 FT% 89.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Kostecka 18 1 4 6/14 4/4 2/4 2 35 1 2 0 0 1
C. Champion 16 2 2 6/11 3/6 1/2 1 35 1 0 2 0 2
I. Hart 12 3 2 5/8 2/2 0/0 2 23 0 1 0 1 2
K. Scott 10 4 0 5/9 0/1 0/0 4 23 0 0 2 2 2
B. Holcombe 7 4 0 3/7 1/3 0/0 3 14 1 2 4 0 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Kostecka 18 1 4 6/14 4/4 2/4 2 35 1 2 0 0 1
C. Champion 16 2 2 6/11 3/6 1/2 1 35 1 0 2 0 2
I. Hart 12 3 2 5/8 2/2 0/0 2 23 0 1 0 1 2
K. Scott 10 4 0 5/9 0/1 0/0 4 23 0 0 2 2 2
B. Holcombe 7 4 0 3/7 1/3 0/0 3 14 1 2 4 0 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Jones 4 1 0 2/4 0/2 0/0 1 15 1 0 0 0 1
S. Norton 3 4 5 1/3 1/2 0/0 1 28 3 0 2 0 4
J. Dornik 1 1 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 2 0 1 0 0 1
J. Fives 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 2 3 0 0 1 0 1
L. Johnson 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
E. Norton 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
B. Bradsher 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
J. Andrews 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 1 0 1
C. Ochiaka 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 12 0 0 0 0 0
M. Redding 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Total 71 23 14 28/59 11/21 4/8 17 200 7 6 13 3 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Cowan Jr. 23 5 5 6/12 4/4 7/7 1 33 0 0 4 0 5
J. Smith 20 8 1 7/13 1/4 5/6 0 30 1 2 0 2 6
E. Ayala 13 6 7 5/9 1/2 2/2 2 27 1 0 1 1 5
B. Fernando 11 5 3 4/8 0/0 3/4 2 27 1 4 1 2 3
A. Wiggins 11 6 0 4/12 3/7 0/0 2 29 0 0 0 3 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Cowan Jr. 23 5 5 6/12 4/4 7/7 1 33 0 0 4 0 5
J. Smith 20 8 1 7/13 1/4 5/6 0 30 1 2 0 2 6
E. Ayala 13 6 7 5/9 1/2 2/2 2 27 1 0 1 1 5
B. Fernando 11 5 3 4/8 0/0 3/4 2 27 1 4 1 2 3
A. Wiggins 11 6 0 4/12 3/7 0/0 2 29 0 0 0 3 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Smith Jr. 10 2 1 4/5 2/2 0/0 1 19 0 0 1 0 2
R. Lindo 4 3 0 2/4 0/1 0/0 1 15 1 1 1 2 1
R. Mona 2 1 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 7 0 0 0 0 1
I. Bender 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
A. Terrell 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
J. Tomaic 0 1 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
T. Valmon 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
T. Ramsey 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
W. Clark 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Morsell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 94 37 19 33/68 11/21 17/19 10 200 4 8 8 10 27