Cowan scores 24 and Maryland pulls away to beat Navy 78-57
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Anthony Cowan scored 24 points, Darryl Morsell added 15 and Maryland used a second-half surge to defeat pesky Navy 78-57 Friday night.
The Terrapins (2-0) were locked in a tie game with 14:36 left before they finally got into a groove behind backcourt mates Cowan and Morsell.
Morsell made two free throws to put Maryland in front for good and Cowan buried a 3 to give the Terrapins a bit of separation.
Minutes later, Morsell had a dunk and a layup in a 10-3 spree that made it 54-44.
Despite going 5 for 23 from 3-point range, Maryland outscored Navy 23-12 at the foul line and forced 17 turnovers.
Cam Davis scored 12 for the Midshipmen (0-2), who ultimately couldn’t keep up with the faster, taller Terrapins.
The game concluded the fifth annual Veteran’s Classic. In the opener, Wichita State beat Providence 83-80.
The nightcap was competitive well into the second half.
Navy returned from halftime with a 7-0 run to close to 33-32, causing Maryland coach Mark Turgeon to call a timeout with just over two minutes elapsed.
Moving off a set play, freshman Jalen Smith drove the basket, got fouled and made both shots. But Navy’s George Kiernan answered with a 3-pointer to tie it.
Not long after that, the Terrapins finally pulled away.
Maryland led 33-25 at halftime despite a 10-for-32 shooting performance that included 12 misfires from beyond the arc.
Navy missed 10 of its first 11 shots and fell behind 16-6. Soon after that, the Terrapins’ shooting touch went awry, too.
The Midshipmen were fortunate to be within striking range after going 7 for 26 from the floor with nine turnovers.
ADMIRAL IN THE HOUSE
Former Navy star David Robinson was in attendance and introduced to the sellout crowd during the first half.
Prior to this game, the last time Maryland faced Navy on the basketball court was in the second round of the 1985 NCAA Tournament, when Len Bias and the Terps bested Robinson and Navy 64-59.
Maryland: The Terrapins are 2-0 and haven’t looked good in either victory. Fortunately, they’ve got plenty of time to grow and work out the kinks with a succession of home games against lesser foes before hosting Virginia on Nov. 28.
Navy: Playing out of their league, literally, the Midshipmen didn’t have the height or talent to match up against a Big Ten foe. Fortunately for Navy, the competition in the Patriot League is not quite as formidable.
Maryland: The Terrapins host North Carolina A&T on Monday night, the first of six consecutive home games through Dec. 1.
Navy: The Midshipmen host another Maryland school, Coppin State, on Wednesday night.
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