Terps Halt Hoosiers

Timothy Earl March 26, 2015 Comments Off on Terps Halt Hoosiers

u-marylandThe eighth-ranked Maryland Terrapins, behind their senior leader Dez Wells, defeated the Indiana Hoosiers 75-69 to earn their first-ever win in the Big Ten conference tournament.

Wells, a first-team Big Ten selection, had a game-high 22 points and hit key free throws down the stretch and also collected three game-changing rebounds late in the game to help his team improve to (27-5, 14-4 Big Ten).

Indiana cut the Terrapins lead to 68-66 on two Robert Johnson free throws with 39 seconds to play in the game but the Maryland men hit their free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

Point guard Melo Trimble, also a first team Big Ten pick, added 17 points, three assists and two steals, while Jake Layman picked to be on the Big Ten’s third team chipped in with 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Freshman Jared Nickens, provided a spark off the bench and finished with 10 points.

In the first half the Hoosiers gained a 13-10 lead on a Johnson 3-pointer with 15:40 to play but an Evan Smotrycz three-pointer gave the Terps a 14-13 lead with 14:08 to go and although Indiana kept the game close the Terps took a 42-40 lead into the break and never trailed again.

The game was close in the second half and the Terps had their largest lead at 62-55 on a Nicken’s three-pointer with 7:30 to go but the Hoosiers rallied to keep the game interesting and provide an exciting finish.

Indiana won the rebounding battle 37-36  although the Terps did out score them 30-18 in the paint. The Terrapins held the Hoosiers to 36 percent shooting for the game as they were only able to convert seven of their 24 three-point attempts. Each team excelled at the free throw line as Indiana made 18 of their 22 attempts while the Terps converted 25 of their 33 free throws.

Indiana was led by Yogi Ferrell who had 18 points, three assists and one steal. Troy Williams added 17 points and nine rebounds. Emmitt Holt had a team-high 12 rebounds, six points, three blocks and two steals and Johnson finished with 10 points in a losing effort for the ( 20-3, 9-9) Hoosiers.