Anthony Cowan Jr. is going to be known as “Mr. Clutch” around College Park this week.
Maryland trailed Michigan State 60-56 with under three minutes to play in Saturday’s B1G clash in East Lansing, and that’s when Cowan went on a huge spurt to push the Terrapins in front. The Maryland guard hit three-straight shots from 3-point land to give the Terps a 65-60 advantage with 27 seconds left in the contest.
Cowan then sunk a pair of free throws to give Maryland a 67-60 win over Michigan State at the Breslin Center. He rattled off 11 straight points to help the Terps overcome a late deficit and solidify its spot as the No. 1 team in the B1G for at least a few more days.
Big one for No. 1.
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Cowan finished the game with 24 points, meaning nearly half of his scoring total came in the final three minutes. He also had four rebounds and two assists in the victory. Jalen Smith added a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds for the Terps.
Xavier Tillman posted a double-double for Michigan State, scoring 18 points and getting 11 boards. Cassius Winston added 14 points for the Spartans.
Maryland still owns a one-game lead in the B1G standings, sitting at 11-3 in conference play. Penn State is in second with a 10-4 mark. The Terrapins are 21-4 overall and have now won eight-straight games.