The 24th-ranked Maryland Terrapins rallied late to beat the Penn State Nittany Lions 66-59 much to the delight of the home crowd at the Xfinity Center.
The defining moment of the game involved Maryland guard Anthony Cowan Jr.
With the shot clock winding down he launched a deep three from the left side of the key and when it swished through the net the crowd exploded as did his teammates knowing the hard fought battle was won with a 64-59 lead and 34 seconds to play in the contest.
Penn State had a chance to make things interesting but their shot was off the mark and rebounded by Maryland’s Eric Ayala who was fouled on the play. He calmly sank two free throws to give us the final score.
Maryland improved to (7-1, 1-0 Big Ten).
The Terps were led by their post players Jalen Smith and Bruno Fernando.
Smith finished with 16 points and eight rebounds and Fernando had his third straight game with a double-double scoring 12 points corralling 13 rebounds.
Cowan scored 15 points and dished out four assists and Ayala contributed eight points and four rebounds.
Freshman Aaron Wiggins came off the bench to score nine points and collect three rebounds.
Maryland shot 49 percent from the field but hit only four of 14 three-point attempts.
They made 18 of their 25 free throw attempts and out rebounded Penn State 40-28.
Meanwhile, their defense held the Nittany Lions to 40 percent shooting from the floor including going five of 21 from beyond the arc.
The first half saw the Terps get off to a fast start and they had their largest lead of the game at 12-3 with 13:19 to go before the half.
Penn State would orchestrate their own rally and take a 31-30 lead into the break.
In the second half the lead went back and forth and Cowan gave the Terps the lead for good when he sank a three-pointer to make the score 61-55 with 2:14 to go which only set up his late-game heroics.
Penn State was paced by Lamar Stevens who led his team with 19 points and eight rebounds. Josh Reaves added 17 points and seven rebounds in a losing effort for the (4-3, 0-1) Nittany Lions.