Hoosiers trounce Terps

Timothy Earl January 26, 2015 Comments Off on Hoosiers trounce Terps

u-marylandWith first place on the line, the 23rd-ranked Indiana Hoosiers trounced 13th-ranked Maryland, 89-70 as the Terrapins gave up their most points this season at a delirious Assembly Hall.

The Terps, who lead the Big Ten in three-point defense, were a shadow of themselves and allowed the Hoosiers to hit a staggering season-high 15 of 22 three pointers for an incredible 68.2 shooting accuracy.

Guard Yogi Ferrell led the way, hitting 7 of 8 threes on his way to a game-high 24 points and was also in the middle of the shooting blitz that saw a 38-35 halftime lead balloon to 55-44 on a Ferrell 3-pointer with 13:53 to play and then to 86-65 on another Ferrell three with 1:31 left to play in the game.

The Terrapins had no answer for the Indiana offense as the Hoosiers also hit 60 percent from the field going 30-50. The Hoosiers hit 9-11 threes in the second half and now share first place with the Wisconsin Badgers at (15-4, 5-1 Big Ten).

Meanwhile, the Terps were out scored 51-35 in the second half and dropped into second place with a record of (17-3, 5-2). Indiana jumped out to a 12-3 lead to start the game behind a boisterous crowd but the Terrapins fought back and tied the game at 26-26 on a Jake Layman steal and dunk, one of the few highlights for the Terrapins.

The second half began with a 6-0 Indiana run to make the score 44-35 on a Troy William’s basket with 18:29 to play and the Terrapins never recovered.

The Terps were led in scoring by Layman who had 13 points, collected four rebounds with two steals and two blocked shots. Freshman Jared Nickens, a bright spot for the Terps, scored 12 points on 4 of 7 shooting from three point land as the Terps went 10-20 from beyond the arc and still could not keep up with the Hoosiers.

Freshman sensation Melo Trimble, fresh off a 24 point game at home against Michigan State, had a quiet game, scoring 10 points with two steals and one assist.

Besides Ferrell, the Indiana offensive onslaught included three other players in double figures. Freshman James Blackmon Jr. contributed 22 points, five rebounds and two steals. Williams scored 16 points and collected a game-high seven rebounds, with two assists and two steals. Collin Hartman had 15 points and went 3-3 from long distance in a winning effort for the Hoosiers.