Terps beat Hoosiers

Timothy Earl February 26, 2015 Comments Off on Terps beat Hoosiers

u-marylandThe Maryland Terrapins survived two last second shots by Indiana guard Yogi Ferrell and defeated the Hoosiers 68-66 at a sold out and relieved Xfinity Center.

After Maryland’s Dez Wells made one of two free throws to give the Terrapins a 68-66 lead with 12.5 seconds to play Indiana got the ball back with a chance to win or send the game into overtime and potentially sweep the season series.

After inbounding the ball, Ferrell got it back and drove to the top of the key and launched the potential game winning three-pointer which bounced high off the rim and landed in his arms. Ferrell drove to the right side of the basket, and shot his second attempt but his game-tying shot bounced off the rim and the Terrapins were finally able to celebrate a hard fought home victory while improving to (20-5, 8-4 Big Ten) good for second place in league play.

The game went back and forth with each team gaining a slim margin but neither team was able to pull away from the other. Maryland had their biggest lead of the game at 57-51 with 5:21 to play but the Hoosiers came back and a Ferrell  3-pointer tied the score at 57-57 with 3:37 to play.

The Terrapins got the lead back again at 65-61 on two Melo Trimble free throws and Wells and Jake Layman hit the rest of their free throws down the stretch to secure the victory. Each also hit a key basket down the stretch to keep the Terps on top.

The Terrapins were led by the “Big Three” Wells and Trimble who each scored a team-high 18 points, and forward Layman who added 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Meanwhile for the Hoosiers, Ferrell scored a game-high 23 points including 6-9 on three pointers and the Terps were lucky his last wide open shot was off the mark.

The Terrapins jumped to an 8-3 lead in the first half on a Trimble three with 17:30 to go but the Hoosiers came right back and a layup by James Blackmon Jr. made the score 10-8 with 14:04 to play in the first half. The Terrapins took a five point lead of 22-17 on a Layman three with 7:40 to play before the break and the score seesawed back and forth with the Terrapins taking a 35-34 lead at intermission.

The Terrapins shot nearly 50 percent from the field while holding the Hoosiers to 37 percent shooting. Each team did well beyond the arc as the Hoosiers hit 10-25 threes and the Terrapins connected on 10 of 21 shots from long distance. The Terrapins won the rebounding battle 35-33.

Troy Williams added 17 points and a team-high 10 rebounds and Robert Johnson chipped in with eight points in a losing effort for the (17-8, 7-5) Hoosiers.