Maryland rallies to beat Illinois 75-66

Illinois’ Alan Griffin looks to pass the ball as Maryland’s Aaron Wiggins defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday in Champaign, Ill.

Anthony Cowan scored 20 points and ninth-ranked Maryland held on to beat No. 20 Illinois, 75-66, on Friday night in Champaign, Ill.

The Terrapins (19-4, 9-3 Big Ten) took sole possession of first place in the conference with the win. Illinois (16-7, 8-4) fell into second place.

Illinois led by as many as 14 points midway through the first half, but the Terrapins fought back and pulled to within 42-40,with a 3-pointer by Wiggins at the halftime buzzer.

Maryland opened the second half with an 11-0 run to take a lead it never relinquished.

Darryl Morsell scored 18 and Eric Ayala added 12 for Maryland.

Ayo Dosunmu led Illinois with 16 points. Andres Feliz added 12.

Emotions were running high from the opening tip. There were four technical foul called in the first half, two on the Maryland bench and one each on Illinois (Feliz) and Maryland (Morsell).

Illinois coach Brad Underwood was called for the game’s fifth technical foul midway through the second half for yelling at the referees.

The game was the first in seven years between two ranked teams in Champaign (when No. 8 Minnesota defeated No. 12 Illinois on Jan. 9, 2013), and the first Friday night Big Ten game ever played at State Farm Center.

WOMEN

No. 24 Missouri State 66, Northern Iowa 55 — At Cedar Falls, Iowa: Brice Calip and Alexa Willard scored 13 points each, and Missouri State handed Northern Iowa its first home loss of the season.

Jasmine Franklin added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears (19-3, 9-1 Missouri Valley Conference), who won their fifth straight.

Missouri State took the lead for good with nine straight points capped at 44-35 by Willard’s jumper with 5:55 left in the third quarter. The Panthers (13-8, 5-5) cut the deficit to three with a pair of 3-pointers but that was as close as they would get.

Karli Rucker had 13 points and Cynthia Wolf added 10 for Northern Iowa. Western Dubuque grads Megan Maahs and Rose Simon-Ressler scored five points each for the Panthers. Maahs added four rebounds, one assist, one steal and a block. Simon-Ressler had three rebounds and two assists.

The Panthers had a 12-3 run to lead 30-28 in the second quarter. Calip’s three-point play with less than a second left in the half gave the Bears a 35-32 lead.

Northern Iowa dropped to 8-1 at home on the season.

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