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Smith, Cowan spark No. 7 Maryland's rally past Rhode Island

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland switched its defense and steadied its offense in the second half Saturday to overcome a scare against Rhode Island.

Jalen Smith had 19 points and 11 rebounds, Anthony Cowan Jr. scored all 14 of his points in the second half and turnover-prone No. 7 Maryland overcame a sloppy start and a double-digit deficit, beating Rhode Island 73-55.

Eric Ayala added 13 points and Aaron Wiggins (13 points, 13 rebounds) posted his first career double-double for the Terps, who trailed 24-12 with eight minutes left in the first half, but ultimately breezed to a 2-0 start with a dominant second half.

''We were panicking a little bit - let's just be real,'' Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. ''There was a lot of energy in the building, and maybe that had a little bit to do with it. I tried to play a lot of guys early and some of the young guys weren't quite ready for the pace and physicality of that game. We were just out of sync.''

Jeff Dowtin led the Rams (1-1) with 14 points, while Cyril Langevine had 17 rebounds.

Maryland committed 14 of its 17 turnovers in the first half, allowing Rhode Island to lead for more than 18 minutes. But Wiggins' 3-pointer less than a minute before the break secured the Terps a 35-32 lead.

''We just have to adjust as the game goes,'' Ayala said. ''We realized we were turning the ball over, and in the second half we were better at slowing the ball down.''

The Rams had turnover issues of their own, especially after Maryland moved out of its usual man defense. Turgeon plans to play more zone this season, but he did not unveil a 1-3-1 look in either the Terps' exhibition game or their season opener against Holy Cross.

It proved a timely choice Saturday, as the Rams had 13 of their 18 turnovers in the second half.

''I think their zone caused us some issues,'' Rhode Island coach David Cox said. ''Their length in that zone caused us some issues. That was it. That was the turning point.''

While the Rams briefly tied it early in the second half, Maryland controlled the final 20 minutes. Cowan scored nine points in a row for the Terps during one stretch, and his layup with 10:52 to go gave Maryland its first double-digit lead at 53-42. Rhode Island never got any closer.

The Terps also used their defense to ignite the other end of the floor, especially with Wiggins stationed at the top of the zone. The sophomore has three steals in both of Maryland's games so far after reaching that total just once all of last season.

''Coach put it in because he loves our length and he loves our athleticism,'' Wiggins said. ''Putting that 1-3-1 in, we saw it kind of messed with them a little bit. I used my length and just tried to affect the guards who were handling the ball up top. I was able to get a few steals, Ant got a big steal. That fast break, it kind of changed the game for us.''

Maryland improved to 4-1 all-time against the Rams, claiming the teams' first meeting since 2015.

BIG PICTURE

Rhode Island: The Rams were picked fourth in the Atlantic 10, and their first-half showing at Maryland suggests they could be a handful for anyone in their conference. The same is true of their ambitious nonconference schedule, which includes Alabama, Louisiana State, Providence and West Virginia.

Maryland: Turnovers have haunted the Terps in recent years, and the return of that problem after committing only eight in Tuesday's season opener against Holy Cross is a concern. Expect that to be a focus in the coming week as Maryland goes seven days between games.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

With a pair of victories in the season's first week, Maryland is unlikely to drop when the next poll is released Monday.

UP NEXT

Rhode Island: The Rams face their second consecutive power conference opponent Friday when they host Alabama.

Maryland: The Terps' season-opening five-game homestand continues Nov. 16 against Oakland.

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1st Half
RI Rams 32

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Rhode Island  
19:31   Cyril Langevine missed layup  
19:29   Offensive rebound by Jermaine Harris  
19:29   Personal foul on Makhi Mitchell  
19:16 +3 Tyrese Martin made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Fatts Russell 3-0
18:49 +2 Makhi Mitchell made layup, assist by Aaron Wiggins 3-2
18:24   Tyrese Martin missed jump shot  
18:22   Offensive rebound by Tyrese Martin  
18:15 +2 Cyril Langevine made layup, assist by Tyrese Martin 5-2
18:00   Traveling violation turnover on Darryl Morsell  
17:58   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Tyrese Martin  
17:58   Turnover on Tyrese Martin  
17:58   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Darryl Morsell  
17:58   Turnover on Darryl Morsell  
17:45 +2 Jermaine Harris made dunk, assist by Cyril Langevine 7-2
17:20   Lost ball turnover on Anthony Cowan Jr., stolen by Fatts Russell  
17:19   Personal foul on Makhi Mitchell  
17:06   Bad pass turnover on Jermaine Harris  
16:48   Lost ball turnover on Jalen Smith, stolen by Fatts Russell  
16:42   Bad pass turnover on Fatts Russell, stolen by Anthony Cowan Jr.  
16:34   Aaron Wiggins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:32   Offensive rebound by Jalen Smith  
16:29 +2 Jalen Smith made layup 7-4
16:15   Personal foul on Jermaine Harris  
16:15   Personal foul on Donta Scott  
16:15 +3 Fatts Russell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tyrese Martin 10-4
15:57   Lost ball turnover on Jalen Smith  
15:50   Tyrese Martin missed layup, blocked by Anthony Cowan Jr.  
15:50   Offensive rebound by Rhode Island  
15:43   Bad pass turnover on Fatts Russell  
15:33   Anthony Cowan Jr. missed layup  
15:31   Offensive rebound by Jalen Smith  
15:27 +2 Jalen Smith made dunk 10-6
15:12   Traveling violation turnover on Cyril Langevine  
14:53   Lost ball turnover on Donta Scott, stolen by Tyrese Martin  
14:50   Tyrese Martin missed layup  
14:48   Offensive rebound by Jermaine Harris  
14:43 +2 Jermaine Harris made layup 12-6
14:20   Aaron Wiggins missed jump shot  
14:18   Offensive rebound by Donta Scott  
14:16   Donta Scott missed jump shot  
14:14   Defensive rebound by Jermaine Harris  
14:14   Personal foul on Donta Scott  
13:57   Dana Tate missed layup, blocked by Ricky Lindo Jr.  
13:55   Defensive rebound by Anthony Cowan Jr.  
13:39   Bad pass turnover on Darryl Morsell, stolen by Jeff Dowtin  
13:36 +2 Dana Tate made dunk, assist by Fatts Russell 14-6
13:34 +2 Eric Ayala made layup 14-8
13:32   Shooting foul on Tyrese Martin  
13:32 +1 Eric Ayala made free throw 14-9
13:14   Jeff Dowtin missed jump shot  
13:12   Defensive rebound by Makhel Mitchell  
13:05   Eric Ayala missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:03   Defensive rebound by Jacob Toppin  
12:40 +2 Dana Tate made layup 16-9
12:31   Bad pass turnover on Ricky Lindo Jr.  
12:16   Jeff Dowtin missed jump shot  
12:14   Defensive rebound by Makhel Mitchell  
12:08   Personal foul on Jeff Dowtin  
11:51   Traveling violation turnover on Darryl Morsell  
11:37 +2 Jermaine Harris made layup, assist by Dana Tate 18-9
11:15 +3 Ricky Lindo Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Ayala 18-12
10:57   Jeff Dowtin missed jump shot  
10:55   Defensive rebound by Serrel Smith Jr.  
10:47   Out of bounds turnover on Serrel Smith Jr.  
10:28   Jermaine Harris missed jump shot  
10:26   Defensive rebound by Aaron Wiggins  
10:16   Traveling violation turnover on Darryl Morsell  
9:58 +3 Jeff Dowtin made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Fatts Russell 21-12
9:32   Anthony Cowan Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:30   Defensive rebound by Jermaine Harris  
9:13   Jermaine Harris missed hook shot  
9:11   Defensive rebound by Ricky Lindo Jr.  
9:03   Eric Ayala missed jump shot  
9:01   Offensive rebound by Ricky Lindo Jr.  
9:01   Ricky Lindo Jr. missed layup  
8:59   Defensive rebound by Jeff Dowtin  
8:59   Personal foul on Jalen Smith  
8:41   Dana Tate missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:39   Defensive rebound by Eric Ayala  
8:37   Offensive foul on Makhel Mitchell  
8:37   Turnover on Makhel Mitchell  
8:17 +2 Cyril Langevine made layup 23-12
8:17   Shooting foul on Makhel Mitchell  
8:17 +1 Cyril Langevine made free throw 24-12
8:05   Personal foul on Cyril Langevine  
7:47 +3 Aaron Wiggins made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Ayala 24-15
7:47   Offensive foul on Dana Tate  
7:47   Turnover on Dana Tate  
7:46   Shooting foul on Jeff Dowtin  
7:46   Aaron Wiggins missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:46 +1 Aaron Wiggins made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-16
7:36   Dana Tate missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:34   Offensive rebound by Cyril Langevine  
7:34   Personal foul on Anthony Cowan Jr.  
7:34   Cyril Langevine missed free throw  
7:32   Defensive rebound by Aaron Wiggins  
7:03   Eric Ayala missed layup, blocked by Cyril Langevine  
7:01   Offensive rebound by Eric Ayala  
7:01   Shot clock violation turnover on Maryland  
6:48   Lost ball turnover on Mekhi Long, stolen by Anthony Cowan Jr.  
6:42   Anthony Cowan Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:40   Defensive rebound by Gregory Hammond  
6:32 +2 Mekhi Long made layup, assist by Gregory Hammond 26-16
6:26 +2 Donta Scott made layup, assist by Anthony Cowan Jr. 26-18
6:09   Lost ball turnover on Gregory Hammond, stolen by Aaron Wiggins  
6:03 +2 Aaron Wiggins made layup 26-20
5:36   Jermaine Harris missed jump shot  
5:34   Offensive rebound by Jacob Toppin  
5:29 +2 Jacob Toppin made layup 28-20
5:22   Donta Scott missed layup  
5:20   Defensive rebound by Jacob Toppin  
5:09   Jermaine Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:07   Defensive rebound by Anthony Cowan Jr.  
4:53 +2 Jalen Smith made hook shot, assist by Anthony Cowan Jr. 28-22
4:38   Jacob Toppin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:36   Offensive rebound by Rhode Island  
4:24   Fatts Russell missed layup  
4:22   Defensive rebound by Aaron Wiggins  
4:16   Personal foul on Jermaine Harris  
4:16   Jalen Smith missed free throw  
4:16   Defensive rebound by Cyril Langevine  
4:05   Jeff Dowtin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:02   Defensive rebound by Aaron Wiggins  
3:35   Serrel Smith Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:33   Offensive rebound by Jalen Smith  
3:28 +3 Eric Ayala made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Anthony Cowan Jr. 28-25
3:15   Fatts Russell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:13   Defensive rebound by Eric Ayala  
3:09 +2 Eric Ayala made layup 28-27
2:52   Traveling violation turnover on Cyril Langevine  
2:34   Anthony Cowan Jr. missed layup  
2:32   Defensive rebound by Fatts Russell  
2:10   Lost ball turnover on Cyril Langevine, stolen by Jalen Smith  
2:02   Lost ball turnover on Eric Ayala, stolen by Jeff Dowtin  
1:49   Jacob Toppin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:46   Offensive rebound by Cyril Langevine  
1:46   Out of bounds turnover on Cyril Langevine  
1:20 +3 Donta Scott made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Anthony Cowan Jr. 28-30
1:11   Personal foul on Donta Scott  
1:11 +1 Jermaine Harris made 1st of 2 free throws 29-30
1:11 +1 Jermaine Harris made 2nd of 2 free throws 30-30
1:02 +2 Darryl Morsell made dunk 30-32
47.0 +2 Jeff Dowtin made jump shot, assist by Jacob Toppin 32-32
37.0 +3 Aaron Wiggins made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Darryl Morsell 32-35
3.0   Fatts Russell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1.0   Defensive rebound by Jalen Smith  

2nd Half
RI Rams 23

Time Team Play Score
19:51   Personal foul on Jermaine Harris  
19:39   Jalen Smith missed hook shot  
19:37   Defensive rebound by Cyril Langevine  
19:22 +3 Tyrese Martin made 3-pt. jump shot 35-35
19:04   Aaron Wiggins missed jump shot  
19:02   Defensive rebound by Fatts Russell  
18:55   Fatts Russell missed jump shot  
18:53   Offensive rebound by Cyril Langevine  
18:45   Cyril Langevine missed layup  
18:43   Defensive rebound by Jalen Smith  
18:37   Lost ball turnover on Jalen Smith, stolen by Fatts Russell  
18:30   Fatts Russell missed layup  
18:28   Defensive rebound by Jalen Smith  
18:27 +2 Eric Ayala made jump shot 35-37
18:32   Shooting foul on Jermaine Harris  
18:32 +1 Eric Ayala made free throw 35-38
18:01   Cyril Langevine missed layup, blocked by Jalen Smith  
17:59   Defensive rebound by Aaron Wiggins  
18:02   Personal foul on Tyrese Martin  
17:48   Shooting foul on Cyril Langevine  
17:48   Jalen Smith missed 1st of 2 free throws  
17:48 +1 Jalen Smith made 2nd of 2 free throws 35-39
17:24   Shooting foul on Jalen Smith  
17:24 +1 Fatts Russell made 1st of 2 free throws 36-39
17:24 +1 Fatts Russell made 2nd of 2 free throws 37-39
17:03   Jalen Smith missed hook shot  
17:01   Defensive rebound by Tyrese Martin  
16:53   Tyrese Martin missed layup  
16:51   Offensive rebound by Cyril Langevine  
16:51   Jumpball received by Rhode Island  
16:39   Jeff Dowtin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:37   Defensive rebound by Maryland  
16:29 +2 Eric Ayala made layup 37-41
16:12   Dana Tate missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:10   Defensive rebound by Anthony Cowan Jr.  
16:06   Darryl Morsell missed jump shot  
16:04   Defensive rebound by Dana Tate  
15:54   Lost ball turnover on Fatts Russell, stolen by Aaron Wiggins  
15:47   Aaron Wiggins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:45   Defensive rebound by Cyril Langevine  
15:17   Fatts Russell missed layup  
15:15   Offensive rebound by Cyril Langevine  
15:15   Personal foul on Aaron Wiggins  
15:09   Tyrese Martin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:07   Offensive rebound by Cyril Langevine  
15:07   Personal foul on Makhi Mitchell  
15:03   Cyril Langevine missed layup, blocked by Makhi Mitchell  
15:01   Defensive rebound by Aaron Wiggins  
14:58 +2 Anthony Cowan Jr. made layup, assist by Aaron Wiggins 37-43
14:38   Bad pass turnover on Dana Tate  
14:28   Shooting foul on Fatts Russell  
14:28 +1 Anthony Cowan Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 37-44
14:28 +1 Anthony Cowan Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 37-45
14:13   Fatts Russell missed jump shot  
14:11   Defensive rebound by Aaron Wiggins  
14:07   Traveling violation turnover on Makhi Mitchell  
13:49   Personal foul on Makhi Mitchell  
13:31   Jeff Dowtin missed layup  
13:29   Offensive rebound by Rhode Island  
13:23 +2 Jeff Dowtin made layup 39-45
13:04   Donta Scott missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:02   Offensive rebound by Makhel Mitchell  
12:54 +3 Anthony Cowan Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Makhel Mitchell 39-48
12:45 +3 Jeff Dowtin made 3-pt. jump shot 42-48
12:44   30-second timeout called  
12:30   Defensive rebound by Cyril Langevine  
12:06   Jeff Dowtin missed layup  
12:04   Defensive rebound by Jalen Smith  
11:58   Shooting foul on Jeff Dowtin  
11:58 +1 Anthony Cowan Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 42-49
11:58 +1 Anthony Cowan Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 42-50
11:42   Bad pass turnover on Tyrese Martin, stolen by Aaron Wiggins  
11:33   Jalen Smith missed layup  
11:31   Offensive rebound by Maryland  
11:26   Aaron Wiggins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:24   Offensive rebound by Aaron Wiggins  
11:23   Shooting foul on Tyrese Martin  
11:23   Aaron Wiggins missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:23 +1 Aaron Wiggins made 2nd of 2 free throws 42-51
10:56   Jeff Dowtin missed jump shot  
10:54   Defensive rebound by Aaron Wiggins  
10:49 +2 Anthony Cowan Jr. made layup, assist by Aaron Wiggins 42-53
10:30   Mekhi Long missed layup, blocked by Jalen Smith  
10:28   Offensive rebound by Cyril Langevine  
10:22   Cyril Langevine missed layup  
10:20   Defensive rebound by Jalen Smith  
10:20   Anthony Cowan Jr. missed layup  
10:18   Offensive rebound by Darryl Morsell  
10:18   Shooting foul on Fatts Russell  
10:21 +1 Darryl Morsell made 1st of 2 free throws 42-54
10:21 +1 Darryl Morsell made 2nd of 2 free throws 42-55
10:02   Lost ball turnover on Fatts Russell  
9:40   Darryl Morsell missed layup  
9:38   Defensive rebound by Jacob Toppin  
9:34   Out of bounds turnover on Mekhi Long  
9:23 +2 Anthony Cowan Jr. made layup 42-57
9:02   Mekhi Long missed layup  
9:00   Offensive rebound by Jermaine Harris  
8:57 +2 Jermaine Harris made dunk 44-57
8:39   Donta Scott missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:37   Defensive rebound by Jacob Toppin  
8:25   Personal foul on Aaron Wiggins  
8:17   Shooting foul on Eric Ayala  
8:18   Cyril Langevine missed 1st of 2 free throws