Cowan scores 31, leads No. 15 Terps past No. 18 Iowa 82-72
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Anthony Cowan Jr. scored a career-high 31 points, Jalen Smith had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 15 Maryland beat 18th-ranked Iowa 82-72 Thursday night to snap the Hawkeyes‘ five-game winning streak.
The Terrapins (17-4, 7-3 Big Ten) never trailed after halftime in the rematch of a Jan. 10 meeting that Iowa won 67-49 to launch its five-game run. With Cowan leading the way, Maryland won its fourth straight and improved to 12-0 at home.
Cowan moved past Walt Williams into 12th place on the Maryland scoring list with 1,716 points. The senior guard went 9 for 15 from the floor, 10 for 11 at the foul line and led the Terps with six assists.
Luka Garza scored 21 for the Hawkeyes (15-6, 6-4) and Joe Wieskamp had 17. Garza, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, was in foul trouble throughout. He had two fouls in the opening five minutes and picked up his fourth with 7:55 remaining.
NO. 2 GONZAGA 87, SANTA CLARA 72
Gonzaga (22-1, 8-0 WCC) won the game, but lost Killian Tillie to an apparent left leg injury in the first half.
Petrusev more than made up for it with the biggest game of his career. The 6-foot-11-inch Serbian shot 10 of 14 while helping Gonzaga to a 62-40 advantage in the paint.
Josip Vrankic had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Santa Clara (17-6, 4-4) and DJ Mitchell scored 17 points.
Chris Duarte added 19 points as Oregon (18-4, 7-2 Pac-12) remained on top of the conference standings with the victory.
Matt Bradley scored a season-high 27 points to lead Cal (9-11, 3-4).
Pritchard’s 615th career assist set the new mark for the Ducks. Kenya Wilkins, who played for Oregon from 1993-97, held the previous mark.
It was the seventh consecutive win for the Fighting Illini (16-5, 8-2 Big Ten). They moved into a first-place tie with No. 14 Michigan State in the conference.
Both teams shot poorly. The Illini shot 33% and Minnesota made 32% of its attempts from the field.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Smith scored a career-high 30 points and UCLA defeated Colorado to get back to .500 in Pac-12 play.
Jaime Jaquez Jr. added 13 points and seven rebounds, and Prince Ali had 11 points for the Bruins (11-10, 4-4). They led by 15 points early in the second half and held off Colorado’s repeated runs that cut the Bruins’ lead to two points.
McKinley Wright IV scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half and Evan Battey added 14 points for the Buffaloes (16-5, 5-3), whose two-game winning streak ended. Wright scored seven of their final 11 points.
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