“We just didn’t play up to our ability, and we need that if our goal is to win a championship.”
Late threes from Jalen Smith and Anthony Cowan helped turn the tide.
A late 3-pointer and free throw from Cowan pushed the Terps ahead.
The Terps are looking to open Big Ten play with a win and improve to 10-0.
The Terps and Fighting Illini open Big Ten play Saturday in College Park.
"We have not played against anybody like that in a while, even in the ACC."
The Terps have now won nine straight to open the season.
The experience of the Terps' smaller lineup offers scoring, defense and some joy.
Cowan averaged 24 points during the three-game Orlando Invitational.
Cowan led the Terps to an Orlando Invitational title.