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.
Ayala scored 14 points and added five assists with no turnovers.
"We have not played against anybody like that in a while, even in the ACC."
The experience of the Terps' smaller lineup offers scoring, defense and some joy.
The Terps held Howard to just six points on 1-for-12 shooting.
The Terps meet the Golden Eagles for the first time.
The Terps and Crimson face off Friday in the Orlando Invitational semifinals.
The Terps and Crimson meet for the first time.
The Terps and Owls square off on Thanksgiving to open the Orlando Invitational.