Terps tip PSU in Big Ten opener

Mary­land 66 Penn State 59 Late flurry moves Mar yland to 7-1

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COL­LEGE PARK (AP) — Af­ter Jalen Smith and Bruno Fer­nando car­ried Mary­land to the brink of vic­tory, An­thony Cowan Jr. em­phat­i­cally fin­ished off Penn State.

Cowan made two clutch

3-point­ers in the clos­ing min­utes, and the 24thranked Ter­rap­ins opened Big Ten play with a 66-59 vic­tory Satur­day.

Smith scored 16 points, and Fer­nando had 12 points and 13 re­bounds. But Cowan, who strug­gled for much of the game, came up big when Mary­land needed it most.

The ju­nior guard buried a 3 with 2:14 left to make it

61-55. Af­ter the Nit­tany Lions got within two points, Cowan hoisted a 27-footer as the shot clock ex­pired, and it swished through the net to clinch it with 34 sec­onds to go.

“Cowan made the plays at the end. That’s what a great player does,” Penn State coach Patrick Cham­bers said.

Prior to those two shots, Cowan had six turnovers and was 4 for 10 from the field.

“He’s got a very short­term mem­ory. He’s got am­ne­sia,” Cham­bers said. “He had six turnovers, but that’s not go­ing to af­fect the way he plays.”

No, it won’t. Not for the team leader on a squad filled with fresh­men and sopho­mores.

“I wasn’t mak­ing the best de­ci­sions with the ball,”

Cowan ac­knowl­edged. “But when it came down to it, I just wanted to make sure I made shots, give our team the best chance to win the game.”

Mary­land (7-1, 1-0) held on to se­cure a bounce-back vic­tory fol­low­ing a 76-71 loss to No. 4 Vir­ginia ear­lier in the week.

Com­ing off a 63-62 up­set of No. 13 Vir­ginia Tech on Tues­day, the Nit­tany Lions (4-3) nearly knocked off an­other ranked team. They led 31-30 at half­time, erased an eight-point deficit in the sec­ond half and gave Mary­land all it could han­dle on its own floor.

La­mar Stevens scored 19 on 9-for-24 shoot­ing, Josh Reaves had all 17 of his points in the first half and Rasir Bolton fin­ished with 15 for Penn State.

“De­fen­sively, we did enough to win the game,” Cham­bers said. “But we need an­other scorer out there. We can’t just rely on Stevens for 20 Big Ten games. That’s un­fair to the kid, it’s un­fair to our team.”

Penn State sim­ply couldn’t han­dle the Ter­rap­ins’ inside game. With Fer­nando and Smith lead­ing the way, Mary­land fin­ished with a 40-28 re­bound­ing ad­van­tage and outscored the Nit­tany Lions 18-4 at the foul line.

Fer­nando be­came the first Terp to notch three straight dou­ble-dou­bles since Jor­dan Wil­liams in 2011.

Mary­land went up 47-39 with 12:53 left when Fer­nando sent an al­ley-oop pass to Smith for a dunk. As he headed the other way down the court, Fer­nando raised his arms and waved his hands, ask­ing the crowd of 15,481 to cheer the Terps on.

The en­thu­si­asm waned when Penn State re­sponded with a 9-0 run to move back in front.

Nei­ther team could pull away, which was typ­i­cal of this bud­ding ri­valry. Since Mary­land joined the Big Ten, each of the seven games be­tween the teams has been de­cided by seven points or less.

RE­MEM­BER­ING 41 Mary­land coach Mark Tur­geon be­gan his postgame in­ter­view ses­sion by re­mem­ber­ing his en­counter with for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush, who died late Fri­day night.

Tur­geon was a coach at Texas A&M when he met the 41st pres­i­dent.

“He just had a big in­flu­ence on me,” Tur­geon said. “One, he made me feel like I was a past pres­i­dent and he was the bas­ket­ball coach at Texas A&M. But he was just a good role model in how much he Mary­land for­ward Jalen Smith dunks the ball in the sec­ond half of Satur­day’s game against Penn State.

loved his wife Bar­bara and his fam­ily, how much he loved our coun­try. So to­day’s a sad day for me.”

WEIRD HALF

Penn State missed 12 of its first 13 shots while fall­ing be­hind 12-3, then held the Ter­rap­ins score­less for more than four min­utes dur­ing a 10-0 run. The Nit­tany Lions took 12 more shots than Mary­land in the first half, lim­ited the Terps to 8-for-21 shoot­ing and forced 10 turnovers.

Yet Penn State got points from only three play­ers, was out­re­bounded 21-16 and missed both its free throws, which ex­plains the 31-30 score at the break.

BIG PIC­TURE

Penn State: The Nit­tany Lions could make some noise in the Big Ten if they can get con­tri­bu­tions from play­ers other than Stevens and Reaves, the only starters with more than one year of ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mar yland: Con­sis­tency con­tin­ues to elude the Ter­rap­ins, which isn’t en­tirely un­ex­pected given the youth of the ros­ter. Out­side shoot­ing and ball han­dling re­main a work in progress, but the good news is that the Terps are 7-1 and ranked in spite of their short­com­ings.

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Hosts In­di­ana on Tues­day Penn State:

Gon­zaga 103, Creighton 92

— Zach Norvell Jr. scored

23 of his ca­reer-high 28 points in the sec­ond half, and top-ranked Gon­zaga wiped out an early dou­ble-digit deficit.

The Bull­dogs (8-0), who took over the No. 1 rank­ing this week af­ter beat­ing Duke in the Maui In­vi­ta­tional, over­came a bois­ter­ous crowd of more than 18,000 at the CHI Health Cen­ter to win in their first true road game.

Norvell was held in check the first 20 min­utes but came out strong af­ter half­time as he did in last year’s win over Creighton in Spokane, Wash­ing­ton.

The Bull­dogs held Creighton (6-2) score­less for nearly four min­utes in the mid­dle of the sec­ond half while go­ing on a

12-0 run to go up 84-73.

Bran­don Clarke added 27 points and 10 re­bounds and Rui Hachimura added 22 and 11 boards for the Bull­dogs.

Ty-Shon Alexan­der led the Blue­jays with 27 points. Damien Jef­fer­son had 15 and Martin Kram­pelj scored 10.

Kansas 90, Stan­ford 84

— Lager­ald Vick hit the ty­ing 3-pointer in the clos­ing sec­onds of reg­u­la­tion, and then had eight of his 27 points in over­time to lead No. 2 Kansas over Stan­ford.

Dae­jon Davis hit two free throws with

13.3 sec­onds left to push Stan­ford’s lead to 75-72 af­ter driv­ing in and draw­ing a foul by Dedric Law­son. Devon Dot­son then found Vick for the ty­ing 3 with just 7 sec­onds left.

Vick then opened over­time with an­other

3, and fol­lowed it with a dunk that set the Allen Field­house crowd into a frenzy. He kept it go­ing the next time down, hit­ting his sev­enth 3 to make it an eight-point game.

Law­son fin­ished with 24 points and 15 re­bounds, and Udoka Azubuike had 18 points and nine re­bounds for the Jay­hawks.

KZ Ok­pala had 22 points and eight re­bounds for Stan­ford. Davis added 19 points and eight boards, and Isaac White had 15 points on five 3s.

Ne­vada 73, South­ern Cal 61

— Jor­dan Caro­line scored

22 points and No. 5 Ne­vada took con­trol with a dom­i­nant sec­ond half to beat South­ern Cal­i­for­nia and equal its 8-0 start from last season.

Tre’Shawn Thur­man added 14 points and nine re­bounds and Caleb Martin had

12 points for the Wolf­pack, who outscored USC 39-26 over the fi­nal 20 min­utes.

It marked a ma­jor turn­around from the first half, when the Trojans shot 50 per­cent from the field and led by as many as seven points.

Nick Rako­ce­vic had 20 points and 12 re­bounds for the Trojans (5-3) as their three-game win­ning streak ended.

Michi­gan 76, Pur­due 57

ANN — Jor­dan Poole scored 21 points as part of a bal­anced of­fense and No. 7 Michi­gan was stingy on de­fense as it routed a third ranked team this season.

The Wolver­ines (8-0) are off to their best start since win­ning the first 16 games of the 2012-13 season. They were com­ing off an 84-67 win over No. 11 North Carolina, and they beat then-No. 8 Vil­lanova 73-46 on its home court last month.

The No. 19 Boil­er­mak­ers (5-3) have lost three of their last four games.

Michi­gan’s Jon Teske matched his ca­reer high with 17 points and grabbed eight re­bounds.

Pur­due’s Carsen Ed­wards scored 19 on

7-of-21 shoot­ing and Ryan Cline added 15 points.

Ken­tucky 78, UNC Greens­boro 61

— Reid Travis scored 22 points, Kel­don John­son added six of his 13 points dur­ing a 14-2 sec­ond half run and No. 10 Ken­tucky won its sev­enth straight.

The Spar­tans seemed poised to take con­trol with a 55-50 edge with 13:08 re­main­ing be­fore Ken­tucky (7-1) had con­sec­u­tive three-point plays by Travis and Ash­ton Ha­gans for a 56-55 lead.

Demetrius Troy’s jumper put UNCG (72) back ahead but that was the last lead. Fran­cis Alonso had 22 points but just three af­ter half­time as UNCG had its sixgame win­ning streak end.

Mar­quette 83, Kansas State 71

— Markus Howard scored

45 points and went 19 of 21 from the foul line, and Mar­quette used tight de­fense to hand No. 12 Kansas State its first loss.

Sacar Anim added 16 points for the Golden Ea­gles (6-2), who didn’t back down from the phys­i­cal Wild­cats. Mar­quette out­re­bounded Kansas State 34-25 and kept at­tack­ing the rim in hold­ing a dou­ble-digit lead for most of the sec­ond half.

Howard’s pro­duc­tive day from the field

(11 of 17) helped Mar­quette over­come 20 turnovers.

Play­ing its first true road game against its tough­est foe of the young season, Kansas State (6-1) saw its de­fense fal­ter. Makol Maw­ien and Xavier Sneed scored 12 points apiece for the Wild­cats.

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