The Spartans prevented the Terps from clinching at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title.
“It was a huge shot,” Jalen Smith said. “Probably one of the biggest shots he’s hit in his life.”
Cowan shot 1-for-4 before he fouled out.
“He does everything for us — score, pass, rebound, defend."
The Terps are left with Josh Jackson and Lance LeGendre as their lone scholarship quarterbacks.
Cowan scored the Terps' final 11 points.
A last-second block from Jalen Smith preserved the Terps' win over the Cornhuskers.
"We didn't respect our opponent enough."
Cowan got into foul trouble, but the Terps remained composed against Illinois.
Guard Anthony Cowan contributed a game-high 20 points.