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#24 Terps Beat Penn State in BIG 10 Opener

#24 Terps Beat Penn State in BIG 10 Opener

        (Ayala, MD)



COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Freshman Jalen Smith scored 16 points, Bruno Fernando had 12 points and 13 rebounds and Eric Ayala (Sanford) added 8 points 7 4 rebounds and No. 24 Maryland opened Big Ten play by slipping past Penn State 66-59 Saturday.

Anthony Cowan Jr. chipped in with 15 points, including two clutch 3s in the closing minutes. The last of those long-range jumpers, hoisted as the shot-clock expired, made it 64-59 with 34 seconds left.

"It was a big time shot," said head coach Mark Turgeon. "Just proud of him (Cowan). I thought he was much better in the second half. I thought his defense was terrific."

Maryland (7-1, 1-0) held on to secure a bounce-back victory following a 76-71 loss to No. 4 Virginia earlier in the week.

Penn State (4-3) simply couldn't handle the Terrapins' inside game. Fernando and Smith were dominant in the paint, Maryland finished with a 40-28 rebounding advantage and outscored the Nittany Lions 18-4 at the foul line.

Fernando became the first Terp to notch three straight double-doubles since Jordan Williams in 2011.

Lamar Stevens scored 19 for Penn State, Josh Reaves had all 17 of his points in the first half and Rasir Bolton finished with 15.

Maryland went up 47-39 with 12:53 left when Fernando sent an alley-oop pass to Smith for a dunk. As he headed the other way down the court, Fernando raised his arms and waved his hands, asking the crowd of 15,481 to cheer the Terps on.

The enthusiasm waned when Penn State responded with a 9-0 run to move back in front.

Neither team could pull away, which was typical of this budding rivalry. Since Maryland joined the Big Ten, each of the seven games between the teams has been decided by seven points or less.


Maryland: Travels to Purdue on Tuesday night, seeking to end a four-game losing streak against the Boilermakers.

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