Slow starts have been a recurring theme for the Hoosiers this season, and have costed them losses. It was not a slow start that led the Indiana squad to lose against Maryland, but rather a sloppy finish that left the Hoosiers wishing they would have fought harder after their 78-75 loss to the Terrapins.
The Hoosiers set the tone at the XFinity Center with a 9-0 run on the Terps. Devonte Green stepped up to be the third reliable man early on and put up six points in the first five minutes. Shots were falling for the Hoosiers in the first half, as they went 14-25 from the field, 3-6 from behind the arc, and 4-4 at the charity stripe.
The hot-handed offense and defensive hustle held Maryland to 32.3 percent field shooting carried Indiana into halftime with a 35-27 lead. That being said, the Hoosiers could have had a better half defensively as they were out-rebounded 20-14. Maryland had 10 offensive rebounds compared to the Hoosiers’ one.
Indiana came out of halftime in a daze, allowing the Maryland squad to get on a quick 16-2 run. The aggressive defense that Indiana brought in the first half was gone and the offense completely lost its rhythm. Maryland was able to grab the lead five minutes into the half and never looked back as Bruno Fernando and Anthony Cowan Jr. took control, finishing with 49 combined points.
The Hoosiers fought for the remaining 15 minutes to catch up to Maryland, but poor shooting, lackluster defense and foul trouble gave Maryland the game. The Terps shoot 50 percent from the field, 5-14 behind the arc, and 18 free points at the line.
Indiana is now 12-4 overall and 3-2 in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers have the weekend to settle back in Bloomington before they face Nebraska as tip-off is set for Monday at 6:30pm ET.
Source:: Daily times