Anthony Cowan single-handedly snatches a Maryland victory away from Illinois

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Anthony Cowan single-handedly snatches a Maryland victory away from Illinois

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.)

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."


Virginia Tech sends North Carolina to 5th straight loss in double overtime

Virginia Tech sends North Carolina to 5th straight loss in double overtime

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Tyrece Radford made a short jumper with 0.4 seconds left in the second overtime and Virginia Tech sent North Carolina to its fifth consecutive loss, 79-77, on Wednesday night.

Radford got the ball with the clock winding down after the Tar Heels tied it with 9.7 seconds left, drove into the lane and made his only field goal of the game from in front of the basket for the Hokies (14-5, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Landers Nolley scored 22 points and Jalen Cone 18 for the Hokies.

Garrison Brooks scored 28 points and Justin Pierce had 15 for the Tar Heels (8-10, 1-6), who lost their sixth consecutive conference game for the first time in program history. They also kept coach Roy Williams tied with former UNC coach Dean Smith at 879 victories, tied for fourth among Division 1 head coaches.

The Tar Heels, without top scorer Cole Anthony (19.1 ppg) since early December, also played without No. 3 scorer Brandon Robinson (12.1), who the school said continues to suffer from persistent neck pain after a car accident on Jan. 11.

North Carolina had a chance to win it in regulation, but Brooks' turnaround jumper from just inside the free throw line hit the back rim and missed. They also came up empty at the end of the first overtime with the score at 67-all.


North Carolina: It was an especially difficult night for guard Andrew Platek, who was jeered whenever he touched the ball with chants of "Airball. Airball" after a poor shot early and seemed somewhat affected. The junior had at least two more airballs to the delight of the crowd and then had a rushed attempt to beat the shot clock rejected by the 6-foot-1 Radford in the second half. Platek finished 2 for 11 from the field.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies didn't have an especially good night from 3-point range, one of their bread and butters plays this year, except for freshman Cone. He hit two 30 seconds apart in the final minutes to pull Tech within 59-58 and was 6 for 11 on the night. The rest of the Hokies were 8 for 26. The 5-10 guard is now 40 for 72 (55.5%) for the season.


The Tar Heels return home to face Miami on Saturday.

Virginia Tech heads on the road to face Boston College on Saturday.

Xavier snaps three-game losing streak with victory over Georgetown

Xavier snaps three-game losing streak with victory over Georgetown

Freshman KyKy Tandy scored a season-high 18 points, Naji Marshall also had 18 and Xavier snapped a three-game losing streak with a 66-57 victory over Georgetown on Wednesday night.

Tyrique Jones recorded his 10th double-double of the season with 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Musketeers (13-6, 2-4 Big East Conference).

Mac McClung led Georgetown (12-8, 2-5) with 19 points. Freshman Qudus Wahab scored nine points for the Hoyas, who have lost five of seven.

A 13-0 run helped Xavier take control in the first half as Paul Scruggs' 3-pointer put the Musketeers ahead 23-8.

The Hoyas started 3-of-16 shooting and trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half. But four points from McClung during a 7-0 run helped reduce the Musketeers's lead to 10.

Tandy's 3-pointer with 14 seconds left in the half put Xavier ahead 35-23. Georgetown's 23 first-half points tied a season-low, also scoring 23 in a loss at Providence on Dec. 31.

Marshall picked up his third foul with 17:45 left, and McClung's steal and reverse dunk cut the Musketeers' lead to eight. But Tandy's fourth 3-pointer put the Musketeers ahead 62-46 with 4:49 left.

The Musketeers are trying to avoid missing the NCAA Tournament in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 1998-99 and 1999-00 campaigns.


Xavier: Following a 20-point loss at Marquette last week, Xavier coach Travis Steele said who performed the best in practice would start against the Hoyas. There were a couple notable changes. Senior Quentin Goodin, who had started all 18 games this season, did not play. And freshman Zach Freemantle made his first start of the season, scoring four points with seven rebounds.


Georgetown hosts No. 13 Butler on Tuesday.

Xavier plays at Creighton on Sunday.

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