The Maryland Terrapins rebounded from their first loss of the season by trouncing the New Mexico Lobos 80-65, winning the Emerald Coast Classic consolation game at Northwest Florida State Arena.
A night after playing their worst game of the season and losing 63-61 to St. Bonaventure, the Terrapins (6-1) used the setback to fuel their fast start against New Mexico.
They exploded out of the gate and sprinted to a 27-3 lead which was too much for the Lobos to overcome. They never trailed and had their largest lead of 26 points at the 4:42 mark of the second half.
The early run featured six three-pointers, two each from Kevin Huerter and Dion Wiley.
The offensive outburst happened fast.
A Wiley three-pointer made the score 11-3 with 16:13 to go before the half.
A Huerter three increased the lead to 16-3 with 14:21 and a Wiley layup made the score 23-3 at the 11:56 mark as he scored all of his nine points during the Terps opening run.
Anthony Cowan Jr. made a three-pointer to increase the lead to 27-3 with 11:24 to go in the first half and the game was over as the Terps completely dominated the game up to that point on both sides of the ball.
Cowan led the Terps with 21 points on six of eight shooting from the floor. He was also named to the Emerald Coast Classic All-Tournament Team and led the Terps with 13 points in their opening game against the Bonnies.
Justin Jackson had his best game of the season scoring 16 points and collecting seven rebounds.
Huerter finished with a team-high 10 rebounds, eight points and six assists.
Freshman Bruno Fernando added nine points and nine rebounds and Jared Nickens came off the bench to score seven points as part of a balanced Maryland scoring attack.
The Terps overcame 22 turnovers by shooting 52 percent from the field and they did even better, eight of 15 (53 percent) from long distance.
They also made 24-27 free throws and out rebounded the Lobos 38-28.
Meanwhile, Maryland’s defense held New Mexico to 33 percent shooting including going nine of 29 from beyond the arc. They also made all of their 14 free throws.
New Mexico was led by Chris McNeal who finished with 19 points and Anthony Mathis who scored 12 points. Dane Kuiper led the team with eight rebounds in a losing effort for the (2-4) Lobos.