NICEVILLE, Fla. -- Maryland jumped out to a 27-3 lead and never looked back, en route to an 80-65 win over New Mexico in the Emerald Coast Classic Saturday.
Anthony Cowan Jr. led the Terps with 21 points in a balanced Maryland attack. Sophomore forward Justin Jackson finished with 16 points and seven rebounds, while freshman forward Bruno Fernando and redshirt junior guard Dion Wiley added nine points each. Sophomore guard Kevin Huerter also chipped in eight points and 10 rebounds.
“I’m really proud of how my team responded,” Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said. “It was a short turn around but we came out with a lot of energy. We defended really well and we hit some shots. I thought Anthony Cowan was great for us tonight. He really guarded, hit some key three-pointers, and he handled their pressure extremely well.”
Maryland connected on 15 of 27 field goal attempts (55.6%) and nailed seven of 12 three-point attempts to build an 18-point halftime lead. The 46 points in the first half marked Maryland’s highest total this season.
“We were good from the start,” Cowan Jr. said. “We were able to make some shots early and that got us going. Everybody got involved and it felt good after last night to respond with a win.”
Maryland will meet Syracuse in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Monday, November 27 at 7 pm at the Carrier Dome. The game can be seen on ESPN2 and heard on the Maryland Sports Radio Network (ESPN980 in Washington and 105.7 FM in Baltimore).
-The Terps hit their fifth three-pointer with 13:21 remaining in the first half, matching their total number of three-pointers made in Friday’s loss against St. Bonaventure.
-Maryland’s starting lineup included Cowan Jr., Huerter, Wiley, Jackson and senior forward Michal Cekovsky. The last time these five started was in a 79-65 win over Butler on November 15.
-Cowan Jr. was named to the Emerald Coast Classic All-Tournament team. The Bowie, Md. native led the team in scoring in both of the Terps’ tournament games and has also led Maryland in scoring in six of its seven games this year.