National Basketball Association
Maryland 56, Rutgers 51
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Where: XFINITY Center, College Park, Maryland
# Courtney Green, # Rob Kueneman, # Larry Scirotto
Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 17 points to help No. 9 Maryland hold off Rutgers 56-51 Tuesday night at College Park, Md.
The Terrapins (18-4, 8-3 Big Ten) drilled 7 of 9 free throws in the final 2:13, including three straight by Cowan to break a 49-49 tie. Maryland improved to 13-0 at home this season.
The Scarlet Knights (16-7, 7-5), who dropped out of the Top 25 following a Saturday loss to Michigan, had won 10 of their previous 13 games. They were held to 22-of-65 shooting (33.8 percent).
Jalen Smith had his fifth straight double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds, and Darryl Morsell added 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting as Maryland won its fifth straight game. The Terrapins were 8 of 27 from behind the arc.
Akwasi Yeboah led Rutgers with 13 points, including all three of the Knights' 3-pointers. The Scarlet Knights had 17 attempts from long range.
An 8-0 run by Rutgers led to a 47-47 tie when Ron Harper Jr. hit a turnaround jumper with 4:06 left.
Maryland went 11:40 without a field goal before Donta Scott scored in transition with 17:41 to play to trigger a 14-4 Terrapins second-half run. When Smith blocked a shot and hit a 3-pointer at the other end, Maryland had regained the lead (31-29) with 14:48 remaining.
The Terrapins jumped out to a 14-6 lead early, hitting four of their first seven 3-point attempts. Rutgers went on a 19-4 tear and held the Terrapins scoreless for nearly eight minutes. The Scarlet Knights took the lead on Yeboah's trey at 9:03 and hung on for a 25-20 halftime advantage.
Maryland had just two Cowan free throws over the final 9:20 of the first half against Rutgers' stingy defense, which entered allowing only 38 percent shooting and 61.1 points per game.
The Scarlet Knights lost their eighth straight game to Maryland since both programs joined the Big Ten in 2014.
After two straight home games, Maryland goes on the road Friday at Big Ten-leading and No. 20 Illinois. Rutgers hosts Northwestern on Sunday.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Akwasi Yeboah 13
Anthony Cowan Jr. 17
Geo Baker 3
Eric Ayala 4
Myles Johnson 8
Jalen Smith 15
Montez Mathis 2
||Free Throws Made
Anthony Cowan Jr. 8
Caleb McConnell 2
Anthony Cowan Jr. 1
Ron Harper Jr. 3
Jalen Smith 6
Team Stats Summary