No. 14 Maryland loses 80-62 to No. 12 Indiana
Mar. 07, 2016
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Coach Mark Turgeon had a simple explanation for Maryland's latest stumble.
The Terrapins simply weren't good enough.
Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell scored 17 points, had four rebounds and added four more assists to his school record, Troy Williams matched his career high with 23 points and No. 12 Indiana raced past No. 14 Maryland for its first perfect season at home since 2006-07.
The game that pitted the Big Ten's preseason favorite and the actual regular-season champs turned into a mismatch.
"The last three or four minutes of the half, we stopped guarding. It could have been a four-point game at halftime, but it was different," Turgeon said. "The start of the second half, I thought we were focused but we just couldn't get back on defense after (baskets)."
Those lapses came with a heavy price and sends the Terrapins (24-7, 12-6) now head into this week's conference tournament looking for a turnaround.
Melo Trimble led Maryland with 17 points, and Robert Carter finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.
But on a celebratory day inside Assembly Hall, it was nowhere near good enough.
The Hoosiers (25-6, 15-3) received their Big Ten trophy and celebrated by cutting down the nets.
Indiana's fans honored Ferrell by chanting his name during the game's final minutes.
"I feel like this has been the most fun year for me," Ferrell told the crowd. "I just want to thank my team for making this last year as special as it can be. Hopefully, we're not done."
Hoosiers fans are hoping Ferrell's not finished yet, either.
The sellout crowd hooted and hollered Sunday as Ferrell dribbled past and around Maryland defenders and oohed and ahed when Ferrell dazzled them those magical ball skills one more time.
But, unlike three years ago when the Hoosiers also celebrated an outright Big Ten crown despite a Senior Day loss, there were no regrets this time.
Indiana took the only lead it needed during a 14-3 first-half run, seized control by scoring the last nine points of the first half to make it 41-28 and never allowed the Terrapins to get closer than nine in the second half.
And for the second time in his college career, Ferrell left Assembly Hall a conference champion.
"I feel like this is a special place in my heart man," Ferrell said. "I'm never going to forget it."
THE ASSEMBLY LINE
The Hoosiers tied the second-highest home victory total in one season (17) in school history. It's the most wins in any unbeaten season at Assembly Hall and marked the first time since 1992-93 that Indiana won a Big Ten title by going unbeaten at home.
For most of the season, Maryland was viewed as a contender. Now, the Terrapins are trying to pull themselves out of a slump. After losing four of their last six, Maryland's reward is another trip to Indiana for the Big Ten tournament.
SENIOR NIGHT II
Last year, forward Max Bielfeldt said goodbye to the Michigan fans. This time, he said farewell again, this time to Indiana fans. "This is No. 2 for me," Bielfeldt joked before the game. Afterward, he told the crowd how tough it was to play in Assembly Hall, where he never won as an opponent, and never lost as Hoosier.
Maryland: The Terrapins entered the game with the Big Ten's second-best defensive field goal percentage in league play but allowed Indiana to shoot 51.0 percent from the field. ... Diamond Stone was the only other player to reach double figures. He had 12 points and seven rebounds. ... The conference's best shot-blocking team had only one.
Indiana: The Hoosiers have won two outright titles in four seasons, the first time they have done that since taking three league titles from 1980-83. School officials added this year's team to the banner at the south end of the arena. ... Bielfeldt scored six points and senior Nick Zeisloft had nine points. ... Freshman Juwan Morgan left the game and went straight to the locker room with 1:20 to play after re-injuring his left shoulder. ... Guard Robert Johnson missed his third straight game with a sprained ankle.
Maryland: Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on Friday.
Indiana: Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on Friday.