After a tough loss to Purdue, Maryland (8-2) bounced back in a defensive battle as they beat Loyola Chicago (5-5) 55-41 in Baltimore Saturday afternoon.
This was an ugly game for both teams throughout the afternoon, as shot above 45 percent from the field. Maryland held Loyola to 32 percent shooting from the field.
Maryland went into halftime with a 24-20 lead after struggling heavily on offense in the first half. Loyola’s largest lead of the game was 14-9 with 7:00 left in the first half, but Maryland quickly went on a run to make it 21-16 with 3:16 left in the first half.
In a game where Maryland was not able to get much done on offense, Anthony Cowan Jr. proved to be the catalyst for the Terps’ offense once again. Cowan ended the night with a game-high 17 points 6-of-12 shooting from the field.
He also added a team-high four assists.
Freshman Aaron Wiggins was the only Terps in double figures on the night, scoring 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting.
Freshman Jalen Smith struggled in his homecoming game, only scoring one point on the day. The Baltimore native struggled to stay out of foul trouble and was rotating on and off the bench to try and combat his foul trouble.
Darryl Morsell, another Baltimore native, had a better day in front of his friends and family, scoring four points.
Maryland’s next highest scorer behind Wiggins was Bruno Fernando who scored eight points on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting against Loyola Chicago.
With one of Maryland’s uglier offensive performances of the season against Loyola Chicago, the Terps had to look to strong defense to stifle the Ramblers.
Loyola Chicago only had one scorer in double figures, Cameron Krutwig with 12. They also had three scorers, Marques Townes, Clayton Custer and Aher Uguak, with nine points apiece. The only other Rambler to score Saturday was Christian Negron with two points to complete Loyola Chicago’s 41 points.
Maryland now has a quick turnaround when Maryland’s Loyola comes to College Park Tuesday night at 7 p.m. to take on the Terps.
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