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

The Capital - - SPORTS - By David Gins­burg AP Sports Writer MARY­LAND 78, NAVY 57

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 141⁄2 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

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

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

PATRICK SEMANSKY/AP

Mary­land for­ward Bruno Fer­nando, right, drives against Navy cen­ter Evan Wieck and guard Cam Davis (22) in the first half of their col­lege bas­ket­ball game at the Vet­er­ans Clas­sic tour­na­ment in Annapolis on Fri­day.

PATRICK SEMANSKY/AP

Navy for­ward Luke Loehr, sec­ond from left, shoots as he is pres­sured by Mary­land de­fend­ers.

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