Hoosiers drop close battle with Maryland, 68-66 - Tri-State News, Weather & Sports

Hoosiers drop close battle with Maryland, 68-66

(Source: IU Athletics) (Source: IU Athletics)

The Indiana basketball team dropped a close battle with No. 19 Maryland on Wednesday evening, 68-66. Kevin Yogi Ferrell led all scorers with 23 points, including hitting 6-of-9 from behind the arc.

Troy Williams also hit double figures for the Hoosiers (17-8, 7-5 Big Ten), scoring 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting and pulling down 10 rebounds in his fourth double-double effort of the season.

After Maryland (20-5, 8-4 Big Ten) got out to an early five-point advantage at 8-3 with 17:31 left in the opening stanza, the Hoosiers charged back with a 10-4 run led by six points from Williams to earn a 13-12 lead.

The Hoosiers and Terrapins both shot well from downtown in the first period with more than half of Indiana's points coming from the 3-point line on 60 percent (6-of-10) shooting. Ferrell was a perfect 4-of-4 from behind the arc in the half as he scored 13 points and Indiana trailed by just one, 35-34, at halftime.

With 14:09 remaining in the game, Indiana went on a 6-0 run to take a 48-47 lead, capped by a spectacular dunk and free throw from James Blackmon Jr.

The two teams continued to trade buckets as a Ferrell layup tied the game at 51-51. After turning in a 24-point effort against the Terrapins on Jan. 22, Ferrell has averaged 23.5 points, 5.5 assists and 76.5 (13-of-17) percent shooting from the 3-point line in his two outings against Maryland this season.

However, the Terrapins would respond with a 6-0 run to give Maryland its largest lead of the game at 57-51 with 5:14 left on the clock.

The Hoosiers weren't finished from the 3-point line asRobert Johnson and Ferrell hit back-to-back triples to tie the game at 57-57 and force a Maryland timeout.

After trailing by four points with 18 seconds remaining, Ferrell hit a 3-pointer to cut the Maryland lead to 67-66. A free throw by Dez Wells gave the Terrapins a two-point lead before the Hoosiers got a final possession, however an off-balance Ferrell jumper wouldn't fall as Maryland walked away with the victory.

Up next for Indiana, the Hoosiers will host Minnesota at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at Assembly Hall. The game will also be shown live on the Big Ten Network.

Provided by IU Athletics Department

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