Terps tip PSU in Big Ten opener
Maryland 66 Penn State 59 Late flurry moves Mar yland to 7-1
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.”
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.
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.
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.