Morsell Paces Terps to Win Over Bucknell

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Bucknell (0-4)
Maryland (4-0)
November 18, 2017 || XFINITY Center

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Freshman Darryl Morsell scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half, and Maryland remained unbeaten by rallying from a 15-point deficit to defeat Bucknell 80-78 Saturday night.

The Terrapins (4-0) trailed 50-35 at halftime before Morsell fueled a comeback in a thriller of a game that came down to the final buzzer, when Bucknell's Zach Thomas fired up a jumper too late off an inbounds pass with a half-second remaining.

Morsell scored eight points in a 10-3 run to start the second half. Successive 3-pointers by Anthony Cowan and Dion Wiley made it 55-51, and the Terrapins finally moved in front when Kevin Huerter nailed a 3-pointer to make it 63-61 with 9:56 remaining.

It was 68-all when Justin Jackson connected from beyond the arc to put Maryland ahead for good with 5:45 to go.

Cowan scored 17, Huerter added 16 and freshman center Bruno Fernando had 14 points and nine rebounds.

Stephen Brown led Bucknell (0-4) with 23 points and Nana Foulland added 15. The Bison return all five starters from a team that last year won the Patriot League and reached the NCAA Tournament.

Bucknell shot 65 percent from the field in the first half, including 7 for 10 beyond the arc.

After the Bison stretched out the Maryland defense with long-range jumpers, Foulland made an array of dunks and layups to help Bucknell expand its 30-27 lead to 15 at the break.

Both teams were playing for the fourth time in nine days. Bucknell's trek included road matchups against defending NCAA champion North Carolina and Arkansas.

Maryland will conclude a four-game homestand against Jackson State on Monday night.