Maryland Basketball: Terps Throttle Iowa

EAST LANSING, MI - JANUARY 4: Bruno Fernando
EAST LANSING, MI - JANUARY 4: Bruno Fernando /

After a huge loss at Michigan State, Maryland came home and demolished the Iowa Hawkeyes 91-73.

Iowa came into this game with no conference wins so far, making it important that Maryland get this victory.

This game opened up very ugly for Maryland, as the Hawkeyes used Jordan Bohannon’s speed to fly up the court and catch Maryland off guard on defense. Iowa also jumped out to an early 8-1 lead in rebounding, which has been an issue for Maryland given their recent injuries.

About halfway through the first half things picked up, as the Terrapins amassed a 22-6 run, taking a rather sizable lead.

The most memorable moment of the half was a travel call on Bohannon with 44.9 seconds left in the half that sent Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery insane. He charged out to mid-court at the official, which resulted in two technical fouls and his ejection.

Maryland took a 48-44 lead into the half, behind Michal Cekovsky, Bruno Fernando, and Dion Wiley who all had at least 10 points through the first 20 minutes.

The second half actually started off much like the first, with Iowa climbing back to take a lead. This didn’t last long, as Maryland stretched out on a 19-4 run and took their final lead of the game.

In the end, Bruno Fernando took control and made this game an easy win. He finished with 21 points and seven rebounds, as well as a number of monster finishes.

After the game Mark Turgeon put emphasis on Anthony Cowan, saying “We really played through him the last seven minutes.” The Sophomore point guard finished the game with 15 points and seven assists.

Turgeon added that he told his staff “our two best players have to start playing better.” Cowan and Kevin Huerter have had a slow couple games, but thankfully the rest of the team help keep the team afloat.

Statistically, this was one of Maryland’s best games all season. Six players finished in double figures, they shot 57% from the field, and gave up just nine turnovers all game.

Maryland goes on the road to face Ohio State, who just knocked off Michigan State just before this game started.