COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Bruno Fernando had 18 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, and Maryland took down Rutgers 61-51 in front of a spirited crowd Saturday night.
The Terrapins (18-11, 7-9 Big Ten) scored the game's first 10 points, led 31-19 at halftime and opened the second half with another 10-0 run to pull away.
Fernando led the charge with a dominating performance on both ends of the court. The 6-foot-10 freshman made several rim-shaking dunks and was assured his third career double-double with 19 minutes remaining.
The high-spirited Fernando added some spice to the second half by drilling his first career 3-pointer to make it 55-36.
A 10-0 burst by Rutgers cut the gap to 55-46 with four minutes left, but the Terrapins easily thwarted the comeback bid.
Former Maryland basketball greats Melo Trimble and Jake Layman were in attendance, and were introduced as the honorary captains of the game, earning a standing ovation from the Maryland crowd.
Rutgers (13-16, 3-13) has lost 8 of 9 overall and is 0-8 on the road.
Eugene Omoruyi scored 11 for Rutgers. Corey Sanders, the team's leading scorer, was limited to 6 points on 3-for-14 shooting.
The Scarlet Knights missed three shots and committed three turnovers on their first six possessions, and a dunk by Fernando capped a game-opening, 10-point surge that put the Terrapins ahead for good.
It was 21-14 before Cowan made three driving layups in an 8-1 spree that restored Maryland's double-digit lead.
In the second half, two baskets by Fernando and 3-pointers by Cowan and Dion Wiley made it 41-22.
Maryland will have a rematch with Northwestern on Monday night after the Terps earned a 73-57 win over the Wildcats on February 10.
The Associated Press Contributed to this Report