- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 7, 2018

Coming off its worst loss of the season against No. 1 Michigan State last week, Maryland responded with a convincing home victory over Big Ten foe Iowa on Sunday, defeating the visiting Hawkeyes 91-73. 

Both teams got off to hot shooting starts. The Terrapins knocked down 57.1 percent of their first-half shots while the Hawkeyes nearly matched that with a 55.2 percent field goal percentage. 

Iowa did much of its early damage from outside, knocking down seven first-half threes. Maryland countered with strong post play, with starting frontcourt duo Michael Cekovsky and Bruno Fernando combining for 25 points in the first half on 9-11 shooting. 

By the end of a breathless opening 20 minutes, Maryland led 48-44. Five players were in double figures, and Iowa coach Fran McCaffery had been ejected after receiving two technicals for arguing with officials. 

The game became a back-and-forth affair at the beginning of the second half, with both teams trading baskets, unable to create much separation on the scoreboard. 

Iowa was the first to blink. The Terrapins opened an eight-point advantage with 7:24 to play. Maryland did not surrender the lead again on its way to the win, triumphing for the eighth time in its last nine games.

Maryland shot a blazing 56.7 percent from the field, dominating inside with 56 points in the paint. Six Terrapins finished in double figures, led by Fernando with 21 points. Iowa’s Isaiah Moss topped all scorers with 25 points.

The Terrapins improved to 14-4 on the season and 3-2 in Big Ten play. Iowa fell to 9-9 and remained winless against conference opponents, dropping its fifth straight Big Ten matchup. 

 


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