Maryland basketball got pummeled by Iowa, 83-69, for its third straight loss Saturday night.
For the second time this week, the Terps lost at home to a team they had previously defeated on the road. They lost to Minnesota by 14 Wednesday after leading at halftime, but didn’t even make it that far this time around. Iowa led all night and spent most of the second half with a double-digit advantage.
Jordan Bohannon drained three after three, finishing 8-of-10 from beyond the arc for 24 points. Tyler Cook added 21 points and 10 boards, while Peter Jok and Nicholas Baer each scored 11. The Hawkeyes were a torrid 16-for-26 (62 percent) on three-pointers.
Iowa shot just 48 percent from the floor but capitalized on 15 offensive rebounds, turning them into 30 second-chance points. Maryland only had six on 11 offensive boards, and that difference was too much to make up.
Maryland couldn’t establish an offensive presence inside, and spent most of the night settling for threes. The Terps shot 32 percent from deep, and considering that made up nearly 60 percent of their shots, they needed to be way more accurate.
Kevin Huerter led Maryland with 13 points, while Anthony Cowan added 11 and Melo Trimble chipped in 10.
The first half went back and forth early on, but Iowa led for the last 11 minutes. The Hawkeyes shot 8-of-12 from three in the half and opened up an 11-point advantage late. The inside-outside combination of Cook and Bohannon had 15 and 12 points at the break, respectively.
The Terps cut their deficit to 47-40 at halftime, but after both teams started the second half slowly, Iowa brought it back up to double-digits. The margin reached 16 with 10:28 remaining, and while Maryland kept the Hawkeyes there for a few minutes, it didn’t get any better.
Three things to know
1. Maryland seems stuck in the mud now. The Terps’ 20-2 start is down to 22-7, and their 8-1 conference start is down to 10-6 with two games remaining. Maryland’s still in line to earn a top-three spot in the Big Ten tournament, but the team is limping toward the finish line of the regular season. The struggles have grown increasingly concerning this month, and if the Terps’ current form holds, they won’t last long in March.
2. Dion Wiley is back. The redshirt sophomore missed four straight games and entered Saturday with only three minutes under his belt in the team’s last 13 contests. But he came in eight minutes into this one. He wasn’t a huge factor, but having him back in the rotation still helps Maryland’s depth, especially with center Michal Cekovsky out for the season.
3. The champs were in the building, but weren’t treated to a win. Maryland’s 2001 Final Four team and 2002 title team got back together for the 15th anniversary of the title. They entered the floor to a rousing ovation at halftime, but weren’t treated to a good display of basketball after that happened.