No. 5 Maryland men’s basketball closed out the Orlando Invitational with a dominant 84-63 victory over Marquette to win the tournament Sunday, thanks in large part to the efforts of Anthony Cowan Jr.
Cowan surpassed 1500 career points and moved up to No. 18 on Maryland’s all-time scoring list after dropping 72 points over three games in the tournament. He passed Derrick Lewis, who had 1458 career points from 1984-88.
In addition to passing the scoring mark, Cowan also moved up to eighth on the all-time assist list as he reached 473 assists on Sunday, passing Kevin McLinton at 469.
And to cap things off, the senior from Bowie, Maryland was named the Orlando Invitational MVP Sunday after averaging 24 points, 4.3 assists, and 2.3 steals through three games. He had 22 points, shooting 7-of-14 from the field in the win over Marquette.
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Despite having one of its best performances in nearly two months, Maryland football lost to Michigan State, 19-16, on Saturday. With the loss, the Terps finish 3-9 in their first season under head coach Mike Locksley.
Eric Ayala and Jalen Smith played a large role in Maryland’s victory over Temple.
The Terps had been very getting off to very slow starts prior to Sunday’s game. Lila goes into a deep dive on the impact that the delayed surges had on the team.
Maryland men’s basketball has a good chance at moving up in Monday’s AP Top 25 poll.
Let's take some CBB stock. Eight top-20 teams lost to unranked squads this week:— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) December 2, 2019
No. 1 Duke
No. 3 Michigan State
No. 6 UNC
No. 8 Gonzaga
No. 12 Texas Tech (upset twice)
No. 15 Utah State
No. 17 Tennessee
No. 20 VCU
Where do the No. 5 Terps land? I'd say No. 2 or No. 3.
The Terps received high praise from Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski.
Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski after facing No. 5 Maryland men's basketball:— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) December 1, 2019
"They're a team that can play in a Final Four. That was my opinion yesterday, and it was only confirmed today."
CBS Sports has Maryland at the No. 3 spot in its latest rankings, which were released before the game against Marquette.
Here is Sunday morning's updated @CBSSports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings — with some words on Florida State at the top.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) December 1, 2019
Jon Rothstein liked what he saw from Darryl Morsell on Sunday.
If there's a better Glue Guy in college basketball than Maryland's Darryl Morsell, I'd like to see him. Did EVERYTHING today, including shut down Markus Howard. Terps roll in Orlando.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) December 1, 2019
JuCo prospect Johari Branch put Maryland in his top three over the weekend.
Maryland football makes the top three of three-star Independence CC offensive lineman Johari Branch.— Wes Brown (@W_Brown21) December 1, 2019
The 6'3.5, 325 pound guard would be a huge get (literally and figuratively) for Mike Locksley and his staff as they look to potentially reshape the Terps' offensive line. https://t.co/2ZGI6o3xWr
Here are some highlights from No. 5 Maryland men’s basketball’s Orlando Invitational championship.
After winning MVP, Anthony Cowan Jr. gave all the love to Morsell.
Ant won the tourney MVP— Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) December 2, 2019
But he’d like to talk about Darryl ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/S1TMl8cZlm
Morsell received All-Tournament Team for his dominant weekend.
The Terps also took some time to show off the new hardware.
Aaron Wiggins made sure to celebrate with the fans that made the trek to Orlando.
Head coach Mark Turgeon appeared to enjoy himself.
Great trip to Orlando for @TerrapinHoops! We got better this week. Thanks to all the fans who made the trip - you made a difference for us!— Mark Turgeon (@CoachTurgeon) December 1, 2019
See everyone Wednesday night back at XFINITY! pic.twitter.com/YhhRtLs5jU
And hopefully Ricky Lindo Jr. didn’t go to the dark side.
Don't turn to the dark side Ricky!!— Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) December 1, 2019
Quick trip to Hollywood Studios this afternoon with the squad.
(Don't worry he didn't get apprehended by any storm troopers) pic.twitter.com/YzOOsDCfpj
Maryland alumni made their mark in the NFL with some exciting plays.
Maryland women’s basketball ran into a familiar face at the Daytona Beach Invitational.
Keep an eye out for some Maryland alumni in the National Lacrosse League.