By Lewis Gould
All of a sudden, Maryland looks less like a Final Four team than we thought last week.
Quincy McKnight scored a season-high 17 points and undermanned Seton Hall’s swarming, shot-blocking defense stunned Maryland 52-48.
The Pirates (7-4) held the Terrapins to 27% shooting, blocked 15 shots and forced 17 turnovers in ending a two-game losing streak and handing Maryland (10-2) its second straight loss.
Seton Hall won without Big East Conference preseason player of the year Myles Powell (concussion) and power forward Sando Mamukelashvili (broken wrist).
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said his team just didn’t play well.
“That said, we had the ball down three on the road and had a chance,” Turgeon said “The world is not coming to an end, but we are highly disappointed as a coaching staff and as a team. Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom. I don’t know if it is rock bottom. We’ll see. If it is, hopefully we’ll come back and get better.”
Cowan led Maryland with 16 points on 3-of-14 shooting. Jalen Smith and Aaron Wiggins added 11 points apiece.
The defense was the difference for Seton Hall.
The Terrapins trailed 27-18 at halftime with their lowest scoring output in a first half this season. Maryland entered averaging 77.1 points per game.
“We’re not playing with a lot of confidence now,” Turgeon said. “I have to figure out ways to give our guys confidence because we don’t look like the same team we were three weeks ago.”