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Maryland basketball thunders past Marshall, 104-67

The Terps roar past their best opponent so far this season.

Maryland basketball Anthony Cowan vs. Marshall Lila Bromberg / Testudo Times

Maryland men’s basketball remains undefeated after throttling Marshall 104-67 behind a purely dominant second half on Friday night. It’s the Terps’ first time breaking the century mark this season.

The game was close through the majority of the first half, then the Terps pulled away heading into halftime and put it into overdrive piling on the lead. With its top two options having underwhelming nights, Marshall had no response for the Maryland onslaught.

Anthony Cowan Jr. led the way with 26 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Bruno Fernando scored 18 points and tied a career high with 16 rebounds. It was a balanced outing from Mark Turgeon’s squad, as five Terps finished in double figures. Eric Ayala had a career-high 20 points, going 5-of-6 from three, while Darryl Morsell and Jalen Smith each recorded 10 points and five rebounds.

Jon Elmore and C.J. Burks, Marshall’s leading scorers coming into the game, combined for just 16 points. The Herd got its best outing from Jannson Williams, who finished with 24 points, on 9-of-11 shooting, but the forward fouled out with over seven minutes left. The Herd were held to just 34.7 percent from the field, as the Terps shot a blazing 57.4 percent.

Despite scoring the game’s first points, Maryland came out looking sluggish from Thanksgiving festivities. It took around three minutes for the Terps to start to match the intensity Marshall pressed with from the start, and they found themselves in a back-and-forth contest. Both teams traded buckets and momentum, until Mayland took the lead for good.

Williams was a problem on both sides of the floor early, going for 10 points and three blocks in the first 10 minutes of the game. He also nailed both of his early three-point attempts, with the second giving the Thundering Herd a 24-23 lead. The Terps retook the lead on a Serrel Smith Jr. three off the dribble, and a Fernando fast-break jam put the Terps up 28-24 at the under-8 timeout. Ayala nailed back-to-back triples out of the break, extending Maryland’s lead to 10.

It was short-lived breathing room. Williams responded with with a personal 8-0 run to whittle the lead to two, with two more threes and a made alley-oop layup. Ayala added a third triple, then baited Williams into his third foul going into the final media timeout of the half. With Wiliams out, the Terps extended their lead to 15 going into the break, as Cowan caught fire during Maryland’s half-ending run.

Cowan went into the break as the game’s leading scorer with 19 points, on 7-of-9 shooting—almost exclusively layups other than an in-your-eye jumper—and Ayala joined him in double figures with 11. Fernando and Smith each had eight points in the first half, to make it a balanced scoring 53-38 lead. Despite Williams’ 18 and Burks’ 10, the Herd shot just 36 percent for the half, compared to Maryland’s 55 percent. Excluding Williams, Marshall was 2-of-14 from deep.

Maryland extended the lead to 28 to start the second half, going on a 13-0 run before a Williams three became Marshall’s first make of the half. Before that, the Thundering Herd had been silent for the first four minutes of the half, and faced a 66-41 deficit at the first media break. The lead reached 32 before the under-12 and stretched to 43 by the under-8. It would get as high as 46 as the Terps cruised to the win.

The Terps are now in the midst of the toughest part of their schedule this side of the new year. Maryland will return to the Xfinity Center on Wednesday night to take on former ACC foe Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Three things to know

1. Anthony Cowan couldn’t be stopped. Cowan got to the bucket at will in the first half, missing just two shots, and going on hot streaks to keep the Terps ahead. He kept that hot hand into the second half, finishing the game shooting 10-of-15 from the field, hitting his lone three-point attempt and all five of his free throw attempts.

2. Maryland’s transition defense kept Marshall at bay. The Thundering Herd are a team that likes to shoot a lot of threes and get out and run. Turgon knew that his transition defense would be tested coming into the game, and the Terps passed the test. Aside from Williams’ 6-of-7 performance from three, the Herd shot 2-of-23 from long distance.

3. The Terps kept their foot on Marshall’s throat. With Marshall effectively silent from deep, there was no way for the Herd to get back into the game. Combine that with the fact Maryland didn’t ease off the reins until four minutes left, and that’s a recipe for domination.

Via StatBroadcast