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Maryland blows 22-point lead but beats Illinois, 92-91, on foul shot in final second of OT

Maryland blows 22-point lead but beats Illinois, 92-91, on foul shot in final second of OT

Everything seemed to be going Maryland’s way Sunday night against Illinois at State Farm Center.

Until it wasn’t.

And then, with less than a second left in overtime, it was again.

A free throw by sophomore guard Anthony Cowan Jr. with 0.6 of a second left gave the Terps a 92-91 victory over Illinois.

Cowan, who finished with a career-high 27 points, saved the Terps from losing for the fourth time in five games and starting the Big Ten 0-2 for the first time since Maryland joined the league four years ago.

It also prevented Maryland (7-3, 1-1) from suffering its worst collapse in Mark Turgeon’s seven years as the team’s coach.

“We’ve lost a couple of...

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