EAST LANSING, Mich. – Sophomore Anthony Cowan Jr. finished one point short of his career high with a game high 26 points, but it was not enough as Maryland fell to top-ranked Michigan State 91-61 Thursday evening. Maryland moves to 13-4 and 2-2 in the Big Ten with the loss.
Maryland came out of the gate firing, trading blows early with the nation’s No. 1 ranked team early. Sophomore Kevin Huerter scored 14 points in the opening half to pace the Terps, who played to a 27-27 tie with the hosts at the 7:04 mark in the opening half.
The Spartans (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten) went on a 15-0 run late in the first half to take control and led 44-32 at halftime. They refused to be content with the 12-point lead, building 30-plus point cushions in the second half by diving for loose balls, playing tough defense and finishing with a season-high 16 3-pointers.
The Terrapins finished 13-15 from the free throw line, with Cowan Jr. hitting all seven of his attempts. It was Cowan’s fifth game of the season with at least 20 points.
The Terps will return to action Sunday when the team hosts Iowa at the XFINITY Center at 8:00 pm.