Sunday night in State Farm Arena sophomore guard Anthony Cowan Jr. shot a free throw against Illinois (6-3) winning the game for the Terps (7-3) 92-91.
Last year Cowan only scored 12 points against Illinois; his improvement this year was undeniable.
Cowan scored a career high 27 points, including the game winning free throw. 4-for-5 from beyond the arc and 9-for-15 in the field, Cowan helped Maryland take home the victory.
Along with Cowan’s 27 points, both Justin Jackson and Kevin Huerter scored in the double digits with Jackson having 20 points and Huerter having 17.
The Terps started off the game strong having a 10-0 run within the first few minutes of the game. Maryland hit a season high of 73 percent from the field. Maryland led going into the half 45-26.
Coming back strong in the second quarter from a 22 point trail, the Fighting Illini shot 70 percent from the field closing their gap against Maryland will less than five minutes left in the game. A free throw shot from guard Aaron Jordan tied the game 69-69. Illinois took their first lead of the night, 74-73, after guard Mark Alstork hit his 3-point shot.
The Fighting Illini continued with the lead until forward Bruno Fernando grabbed an offensive rebound tipping it in forcing the game to go into overtime. Fernando had 10 points to end the game and was 4-for-6 from the field.
With five minutes on the clock, the Fighting Illini took the lead within the first minute of overtime creating a 3 point trail for Maryland. A 3-pointer from Cowan helped tie the game 80-80. After a foul from Alstork, Maryland took home the victory as Cowan made both of his free throws.
This was Maryland’s first Big Ten win of the season. The Terps will prepare for their game Thursday night against Ohio State.