Cowan Jr. Leads Terps Past Butler, 79-65

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Butler (2-1)
Maryland (3-0)
November 15, 2017 || XFINITY Center

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Anthony Cowan Jr. had 25 points and 10 rebounds, both career highs, and Maryland used a strong shooting performance to beat Butler 79-65 Wednesday night.

The Terrapins (3-0) connected on 17 of 24 shots to take a 42-35 halftime lead, then opened the second half with an 11-5 spurt to increase the margin to 13 points.

After Butler (2-1) closed to 61-56, Cowan drilled a long 3-pointer and freshman Darryl Morsell made a dunk off his own steal for a 10-point cushion with 5:30 left.

Maryland shot 57 percent from the floor, going 9 for 20 from beyond the arc, and finished with a 40-27 rebounding advantage.

Cowan went 5 for 8 from the floor, hit three shots from beyond the arc and had five assists in 37 minutes. It was the first career double-double for the sophomore point guard.

Sean McDermott scored 17 for Butler, which lost for the first time under new coach LaVall Jordan. The Bulldogs went 9 for 34 from the floor after halftime.

The matchup was part of the Gavitt Games, which matches teams from the Big East against the Big Ten.

Maryland prevailed despite committing 20 turnovers, including four by Justin Jackson. The sophomore forward was limited to four points but contributed 11 rebounds.

Playing on the road for the first time this season, Butler led 15-10 before Kevin Huerter and freshman Bruno Fernando each scored six points in a 22-5 run that put the Terps up by 12.

Fernando pumped his fist and yelled as he ran up the court, raising the enthusiasm of the 16,317 fans that came to see a rare early-season showdown between two perennially strong teams.

Maryland hosts Bucknell on Saturday night next, the third of four straight home games.


- Maryland has now won three straight contests in the Gavitt Games. The Terps beat Georgetown in back-to-back meetings in 2015 and 2016.