Quick thoughts on a 78-75 loss to Maryland:
How it happened: Things looked good early on for Indiana at the XFinity Center. The Hoosiers raced out to a 19-6 lead and led by as many as 14 in the first half. Indiana was crisp offensively and forced Maryland into tough shots as the Terps grew frustrated. Although Indiana gave up some ground late in the first half, the Hoosiers went into halftime with an eight-point cushion on the strength of a strong shooting half (62 effective field goal percentage) and solid defense (.85 points per possession allowed). The second half, however, was a different story. The Terps shredded Indiana’s defense early and often as the Hoosiers surrendered 51 points on 32 possessions (1.59 PPP). Bruno Fernando was unstoppable in the post and on the boards as the talented sophomore big man finished with 25 points (11-for-12 shooting) and 13 rebounds. The loss, Indiana’s second straight, was its fourth on the road this season in five tries.
Standout performer: Romeo Langford matched his career-high with 28 points on 8-for-14 shooting from the field. Langford was 9-for-9 from the free throw line and 3-for-6 from behind the 3-point line.
Statistic that stands out: How bad did Indiana’s poor second half defense hurt the Hoosiers? Indiana had just seven turnovers (one in the second half) and went 16-for-16 from the free throw line and still came up short.
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Filed to: Maryland Terrapins