Thursday's college basketball: No. 7 Maryland women deal Michigan State 92-52 road loss

David Ginsburg
Associated Press

College Park, Md. — Diamond Miller and Ashley Owusu each scored 20 points, and No. 7 Maryland breezed past Michigan State 92-52 Thursday to provide coach Brenda Frese her 498th victory with the Terrapins.

Maryland (12-2, 8-1 Big Ten) took control with a 17-0 run in the first quarter, led by 20 at halftime and coasted to the finish. Four players scored in double figures for the Terps, who bounced back in impressive fashion after having their 10-game winning streak snapped earlier in the week at Ohio State.

Nia Clouden had 15 points in Michigan State's 92-52 defeat at No. 7 Maryland on Thursday.

Frese moved within one win of matching the program record held by Hall of Fame coach Chris Weller, whom Frese replaced in 2002. Frese is 498-130 with the Terrapins and 555-160 overall, including two seasons at Ball State and one at Minnesota.

Nia Clouden scored 15 for Michigan State (9-3, 4-3). The Spartans shot 34%, were outrebounded 39-27 and committed 24 turnovers. 

The game was originally scheduled for Feb. 10, but was moved up after both teams had an opening due to postponements caused by COVID-19. Since Jan. 10, Michigan State has had three games postponed and played only twice.

The Spartans got off to a decent start before Maryland took over with a 17-point blitz that made it 20-7. Miller got things started with a 3-pointer and a layup before Chloe Bibby scored on a fast break, hit a 3 and sank two free throws.

Seven different Terrapins scored in a first quarter that ended with Maryland up 27-15. The outset of the second period was more of the same, with Bibby, Miller, Katie Benzan and Owusu each contributing to a 13-1 spree that increased the margin to 24.

It was 50-30 at halftime, and by that point the only suspense was whether the Terps would reach the 100-point mark for fourth time this season. Maryland came in as the highest-scoring team in the country (92 points per game).

The Terrapins made 14 3-pointers, their most since drilling 21 on Dec. 3 against Towson.

The Spartans were without starting guard Tory Ozment, who tested positive for COVID-19. Ozment ranks second on the team in assists and averages 8.1 points per game.

The Spartans can hold their own against most Big Ten teams, but not Maryland. They’re now 2-15 against the Terps. Michigan State is scheduled to face Indiana on the road Sunday. 

Top 25 men

►No. 1 Gonzaga 90, (at) San Diego 62: Drew Timme scored 21 points and Corey Kispert had 19 for No. 1 Gonzaga, which routed San Diego for its 20th straight victory dating to last season.

Jalen Suggs added 17 for Gonzaga (16-0, 7-0 West Coast), which beat San Diego for the 13th straight time.

After a slow start, the Zags used a 15-0 run in the first half to take control and then ran away in the second half.

Julian Strawther had 11 points and Anton Watson 10 for Gonzaga, which shot 57.6% from the field. Andrew Nembhard had 10 of Gonzaga’s 23 assists.

Finn Sullivan scored 16, Ben Pyle 12 and Vladimir Pinchuk 11 for USD (2-7, 1-4).

►No. 6 Houston 83, (at) Tulane 60: Cameron Tyson scored a career-high 31 points, hitting a career-best nine 3-pointers, and Houston routed Tulane.

Tramon Mark added 16 points and Justin Gorham had 15 rebounds to help Houston (14-1, 9-1 American Athletic Conference) win its seventh straight.

Tyson, a reserve in his first season with Houston since transferring from Idaho, entered the game having played in just seven contests without a start and was averaging three points per game. But he was a 42.9% 3-point shooter at Idaho two seasons ago and wasn’t shy about shooting from deep at Tulane, where he received his most playing time this season (26 minutes).

Gorham eclipsed 10 rebounds in a game for the seventh straight time — the first time a Houston player has done that since 1986 and Houston outrebounded Tulane 42-38.

Jordan Walker scored 16 points and Gabe Watson added 13 points for Tulane (6-5, 1-5).

►(At) No. 15 Kansas 59, TCU 51: David McCormack scored 15 points, Dajuan Harris and Tyon Grant-Foster provided a boost off the bench, and Kansas slogged its way to a victory over turnover-prone TCU to snap a rare three-game skid.

Ochai Agbaji added 13 points for the Jayhawks (11-5, 5-4 Big 12), who once against struggled offensively but made enough free throws down the stretch to beat the Horned Frogs (9-6, 2-5) for the eighth straight time.

They also managed to avoid their longest losing streak since the 1988-89 team dropped eight in a row.

Mike Miles hit five 3-pointers and had 18 points for the Horned Frogs, who turned the ball over 22 times while shooting just 35% from the field. R.J. Nembhard added 12 points, well below his season average of 17.2.