Maryland Terrapins

Cekovsky's Perfect Night Helps UMD Beat Ohio, 87-62

Maryland Athletics

Ohio (4-4)
Maryland (8-3)
December 7, 2017 || XFINITY Center

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Michal Cekovsky made every shot he took, scoring 15 points to go with eight rebounds, and Maryland breezed past Ohio 87-62 Thursday night.

Cekovsky went 6 for 6 from floor and sank all three of his free throws. The 7-foot-1 sophomore from Slovakia was pulled with 7:22 left and finished one point short of his career high.

Kevin Huerter scored 17 points for Maryland (8-3), and Anthony Cowan Jr. contributed 12 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Coming off three straight tough games -- narrow losses to Syracuse and Purdue, followed by an overtime victory at Illinois -- the Terrapins never trailed.

Mike Laster scored 14 for the Bobcats (4-4). Ohio, a member of the Mid-American Conference, previously lost to Clemson, Dayton and Iona.

The Terps made their first five shots and got six points from Cekovsky in grabbing to a 15-2 lead. Maryland then missed six of nine attempts before Jackson peeled off nine straight points to make it 30-14.

Huerter had only six points in the first half, which ended with Maryland up 41-28. The sophomore guard scored eight points in the first eight minutes after halftime, including a soft jump shot that made it 51-31 with 16:55 left.

With Cekovsky and Cowan leading the way, the taller Terrapins finished with a 49-29 rebounding advantage. Maryland has out-rebounded 10 of its 11 opponents on the season

Huerter collected six rebounds, as did freshman Bruno Fernando. Fernando suffered a low ankle sprain in the second half of the victory, and head coach Mark Turgeon expects him to miss the next two games.         

Maryland will face Garner-Webb on Saturday afternoon, the second of six straight home games for the Terrapins. The game will be streamed on BTN Plus.


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