Maryland uses second-half surge to beat Iowa

Maryland forward Bruno Fernando, of Angola, gestures to fans in the final moments of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa in College Park, Md., Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. Maryland won 91-73. Fernando contributed a team-high 21 points to Maryland's 91-73 win. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Freshman Bruno Fernando scored a career-high 21 points, Anthony Cowan Jr. added 15 and Maryland beat Iowa 91-73 Sunday night to keep the Hawkeyes winless in the Big Ten.

Rebounding from a 30-point loss to No. 1 Michigan State just three days earlier, the Terrapins (14-4, 3-2) used a second-half surge to secure their eighth win in nine games.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery was ejected 45 seconds before halftime after receiving two straight technical fouls for animatedly arguing a traveling call on sophomore guard Jordan Bohannon.

The Hawkeyes (9-9, 0-5) hung in there without McCaffery, but faded in the latter stage of their third game in six days.

Isaiah Moss led Iowa with a career-high 25 points and Bohannon had 17.

After Bohannon hit a 3-pointer to put Iowa up 64-61, a dunk by Fernando sparked a 19-2 run that put the Terrapins ahead for good. Cowan contributed seven points to the spree and Darryl Morsell chipped in with three baskets.

In the closing minutes, the 6-foot-10 Fernando punctuated the victory with a one-handed jam off an alley-oop pass from Cowan, then added a free throw.

Six players scored in double figures for the Terrapins. Morsell had 14 points, Michal Cekovsky scored 13 on 5-for-5 shooting, Kevin Huerter had 12 and Dion Wiley added 10 before leaving with an injury.

Maryland overcame an early deficit and outscored Iowa 13-5 at the foul line in taking a 48-44 halftime lead.

All five starters scored in the opening minutes for the Hawkeyes, who bolted in front 17-7.

It was 24-17 before Wiley and Cekovsky accounted for all the points in a 12-0 run.

Maryland hit 10 straight shots from the floor during the first half, and the 48 points were a season high over the opening 20 minutes.


Iowa: Playing its first true road game since Dec. 7, the Hawkeyes kept the game close for 30 minutes. They didn't need a moral victory, however, so that was of little consolation to a young team desperately in search of a Big Ten win.

Maryland: The Terrapins got a feel-good victory following a humbling defeat at Michigan State. Still, it took a while for them to shake off the Hawkeyes, which can't be too comforting for a team that next faces Ohio State and Michigan on the road.


Iowa: Continues three-game road trip at Illinois on Thursday night.

Maryland: On the road Thursday night against the Buckeyes, who stunned Michigan State 80-64 on Sunday.

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