No one can put a team on his back better than Anthony Cowan Jr. can for the Maryland Terrapins.
Down three with under a minute to go, there is no one else Maryland fans want with the ball in their hands more.
Trailing Illinois in that exact scenario, Cowan pulled up for a 3-pointer from Northern Virginia. (The game was in College Park, Md.)
The ONIONS from Anthony Cowan. pic.twitter.com/NSl8X98Kj0— Kyle Boone (@Kyle__Boone) December 8, 2019
Tie game. That one would have been a three if it was on an NBA court.
On the very next possession, Cowan then got the ball back. As the Fighting Illini (6-2, 0-1) went down the court, Cowan stepped in to force a double team. Andres Feliz lost his dribble and the Maryland senior was right there to pick up the loose ball.... and draw a foul with two seconds to go.
At the free-throw line, Cowan hit one, missed the second intentionally, and gave No. 3 Maryland (10-0, 1-0) a one-point win over Illinois. They erased a 14-point halftime deficit to win their first Big Ten contest of the year and stay undefeated.
Cowan finished with a game-high 20 points, with seven rebounds and six assists.
Throughout the season, this has been a repeated theme for the guard. Slow starts plague the Terps and then Cowan puts his foot on the throttle and takes over a game. Saturday's game was a whole different level for D.C. native.
As Dan Dakich said on the ESPN2 broadcast:
"All-American All-world, All-whatever you need him to be."
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