By JAMES ALLAN
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Sophomore Isaiah Moss scored a career-high 25 points but it wasn’t enough in a 91-73 road loss at Maryland on Sunday night at the Xfinity Center.
Iowa led 64-61 with 10:59 remaining before the Terrapins took control to win their 14th game of the season. Maryland used a 19-2 run to turn a three-point deficit into an 80-66 lead and never looked back.
“I am proud of how they competed, I thought they fought hard,” said Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery. “Our execution was good at times, not so good at other times, credit Maryland for that. A couple of times we got up and they kept coming, which you expect because they have a good team.”
The Hawkeyes made 11 3-pointers and shot 49.1 percent from the field in the game, but Maryland was on another level with its efficiency. The Terrapins made 30-of-42 two-point field goal attempts and shot 56.7 percent from the field. Fifty-six of their points came in the paint.
Maryland made 19-of-25 free throws (compared to 6-of-10 for Iowa) and out-rebounded the Hawkeyes, 31-28. Iowa also committed 17 turnovers, which led to 21 Maryland points.
The Terrapins played eight players in the game and six reached double figures with Bruno Fernando leading the way with 21 points.
Iowa got off to a fast start, storming out to a 17-7 lead, but Maryland answered just as quickly to take a 24-23 lead. The Terps led by as many as seven points in the first half, but Iowa stayed in the game with its 3-point prowess.
The Hawkeyes made 7-of-10 first half 3-point field goals, but trailed 48-44 at the break.
Sophomore Jordan Bohannon scored 17 points, making five 3-pointers and tallying five assists, but the guard committed six of Iowa’s 17 turnovers.
MOSS’ BIG NIGHT
Moss did a little bit of everything en route to his career night. The guard made 10-of-16 field goals and he was scoring in a variety of ways — in transition, pull-ups, and via the long ball. The Illinois native made 4-of-6 3-point field goals in 32 minutes.
His step back jumper over an outstretched Kevin Huerter gave Iowa a 51-50 lead early in the second half and he took a rebound and went coast-to-coast, scoring in traffic and converting an old-fashioned three-point play to give Iowa a 54-50 advantage.
A GOOD NIGHT FROM DISTANCE
Iowa made 11 3-point field goals in the road loss at Maryland. It was the seventh game this season the team has made 10 or more 3-pointers. Iowa went 7-of-10 in the first half and at one point, the team was 10-of-14 from long range.
WATCHING FROM LOCKER ROOM
Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery was issued two technical fouls and ejected with 44.9 seconds remaining in the first half following a Bohannon turnover where he absorbed a lot of contact.
“I didn’t want to get tossed,” said McCaffery. “You don’t want to put a team in that position where you give them four free throws, but at end of the day we’re fighting, I’m fighting. I am going to fight for my guys, so that’s what I did.”
- Sophomore Tyler Cook finished with seven points and one rebound in 27 minutes. It ended a streak of six games in double figures. Cook fouled out in the second half following an offensive foul and being a part of a double technical.
- Records: Iowa (9-9, 0-5); Maryland (14-4, 3-2)
The Hawkeyes return to action Thursday, traveling to Champaign to face Illinois at 7 p.m. (CT). The Fighting Illini are 0-4 in Big Ten play.