The Terps and Fighting Illini battle for sole possession of first place in the Big Ten tonight in Champaign.
While Ayala has struggled from the field, there's hope he can return to form.
The guard's 11 second-half points — including two clutch free throws — sealed Maryland's win.
The Terps shot just 24.1 percent in the first half.
“I think this is the voice that my teammates want to hear, especially when we have gone through a little adversity in a game."
The Terps continue a tough stretch Tuesday against the Scarlet Knights.
Seeking their fifth straight win, the Terps meet the Scarlet Knights.
Cowan put up 31 points, six rebounds and six assists against Iowa on Thursday.
Cowan finished with a career-high 31 points, adding six rebounds and six assists.
Hawkeyes center Luka Garza — the Big Ten's leading scorer — picked up two early fouls, limiting his impact.