At the Buzzer: Indiana 70, Maryland 60
Quick thoughts on a 70-60 win against Maryland:
How it happened
Indiana was crisp to start Friday’s Big Ten tournament quarterfinal matchup against Maryland at the United Center. The Hoosiers made their first five shots and raced to an 11-5 lead in the first three minutes. But Maryland, ever determined to slow down the pace, started to get stops by forcing IU to play in the halfcourt. And the Terps started to make 3-pointers as IU lost shooters on the perimeter. Donta Scott knocked in Maryland’s sixth triple of the half to make it 30-22 with 5:32 to go. Indiana, however, responded with a 10-4 run to make it a two-point game at intermission. The key stat at the break was the 3-point shooting. Maryland was 6-for-13 and Indiana was just 1-for-3. The Hoosiers did outscore Maryland 20-10 in the paint in the opening 20 minutes.
After Maryland opened a 7-point lead at 41-34 to open the second half, Indiana answered with a 12-3 spurt to claim a 46-43 lead at the under-12 media timeout. The Hoosiers stretched the lead to eight on a pair of Trayce Jackson-Davis free throws with 10:31 to play and then to 11 at the 9:36 mark on a Tamar Bates 3-pointer. The Terps stopped a 15-0 run by the Hoosiers with a Donald Carey 3-pointer with 9:01 remaining. After a Hakim Hart bucket made it 54-48 Indiana, Mike Woodson took a timeout with 8:20 to go. The Hoosiers responded by stretching the lead back to 10 at 61-51 at the final media timeout. The Terps got within six points at the 3:27 mark and the 2:38 mark, but Indiana responded each time. A Jalen Hood-Schifino gave Indiana a 9-point lead with 2:06 to go. Maryland would get no closer than seven points the rest of the way as the Hoosiers advanced to the Big Ten tournament semifinals against Penn State on Saturday.
Jackson-Davis led Indiana with 24 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, four blocked shots and three steals in 38 minutes. Hood-Schifino played all 40 minutes and finished with 19 points, six rebounds, three blocked shots and two assists.
Statistics that stand out
Indiana’s defense was elite in the second half, holding Maryland to 26 points on 8-for-32 shooting from the field. The Terrapins scored just .839 points per possession in the final 20 minutes.
Final IU individual statistics
Final tempo-free statistics
Assembly Call postgame show
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