Maryland looks to maintain hold of its place at the top of the Big Ten.
Cowan scored the final 11 points for the Terps.
The Terps have won eight straight games — four of which were on the road.
Smith scored 10 of the Terps' first 12 points after halftime.
"They punched us in the mouth.”
Cowan scored the Terps' final 11 points.
A last-second block from Jalen Smith preserved the Terps' win over the Cornhuskers.
The Terps and Spartans are set for a primetime showdown Saturday.
The Terps and Spartans clash Saturday night for the first time this season.
"We didn't respect our opponent enough."