Maryland vs. Indiana: Score, Highlights and Reaction from 2016 Regular Season

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Maryland vs. Indiana: Score, Highlights and Reaction from 2016 Regular Season
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It took a little while for the No. 12 Indiana Hoosiers to get going, but a 23-6 run propelled them to a 13-point halftime lead and an eventual 80-62 victory over the visiting Maryland Terrapins on Sunday at Bloomington Assembly Hall.

The Hoosiers capped off a successful season at home, per Indiana Basketball:  

The victory was the fifth in a row to end the season for Indiana, while the No. 14 Terrapins have now dropped four of their past six games.

Indiana was led by forward Troy Williams, who finished with 23 points and five rebounds. The junior scored 10 of his team's first 12 points in the second half, helping to keep Maryland from cutting into the lead, despite the fact the Terrapins hit their first four shots from the field.

Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall noticed Williams' hot play over the first four minutes of the half:

Williams was pumped following a made basket and a foul, via Indiana Basketball:

While Williams was the star of the night, point guard Yogi Ferrell scored 17 points and had four assists in his final home game for the Hoosiers. Ferrell helped get his team back in the game early with a pull-up three-pointer to tie the contest at 18 with 11:39 left in the first half.

Justin Albers of AllHoosiers.com expressed the sentiment of all Indiana fans watching the senior hit his trademark shot:

However, it was a play that won't show up in the box score that defined Ferrell's career. As Maryland was casually inbounding the ball in its backcourt, Ferrell dashed across midcourt and dove for the ball as it was rolling on the floor. There was a scrum that led to a jump ball, and the Terrapins retained possession. But as Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star tweeted, it was signature Ferrell:

Ferrell wasn't the only Hoosier with a highlight reel. Thomas Bryant, who finished with eight points and eight rebounds, showed early on that he can hit from behind the arc as well, via Indiana Basketball:

The Hoosiers were sharing the ball well in the first half, as shown by this dish-and-dunk from Collin Hartman to Bryant, via Indiana Basketball:

Maryland got zero points from its bench in the first half, but sophomore Melo Trimble, who was averaging 15.4 points for his career coming in, led the team with 10 and broke 1,000 points for his career, per Maryland Basketball:

Maryland did lead by as many as eight until the Hoosiers' big run, capped by a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Williams. The first 20 minutes were telling for both teams, according to Jeremy Price of the Bloomington Herald-Times:

Here's a visual of how most of the first half went for Maryland, via CBS Sports CBB:

If there was one for the second half, it was this play from Max Bielfeldt to Juwan Morgan, via CBS Sports CBB:

Maryland did play better overall in the second half, but it could never get closer than nine as it allowed Indiana to go without a turnover for an 18-minute stretch covering both halves.

Considering Indiana never trailed after halfway through the first half, it didn't dominate Maryland in most facets of the game. The Hoosiers shot 38.1 percent from the field compared to 33.3 for Maryland, and both teams hit eight three-pointers. Free-throw shooting was the biggest difference, as Indiana connected on 20 of 25 attempts, while Maryland was just 6-of-8.

The Terrapins were ranked as high as No. 2 at one point in the season, but their recent swoon has dropped them in the polls.

Matt Ellentuck of SB Nation's Testudo Times thinks Maryland has become one-dimensional, focusing too much on its freshman Diamond Stone, who had 12 points and seven rebounds:

But it was Trimble who led the way with 17 points. Forward Robert Carter Jr. was the only other Terrapin in double-figure points with 14.

Maryland has the talent to win the Big Ten tournament, but the Hoosiers and Michigan State Spartans are the clear favorites. 

Indiana had the No. 1 Big Ten seed wrapped up before the game began, but it cemented the season with the convincing victory. ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi had the Hoosiers as a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament prior to the game, and if they can make it to the Big Ten Championship Game, a No. 2 seed is likely.

Lunardi had Maryland as a No. 4 seed, but an early exit in the conference tournament could drop it to the dreaded upset-prone No. 5 seed.

Postgame Reaction

After the victory, it was time to celebrate the regular-season Big Ten championship, via Indiana Basketball:

Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star shared just how great of a career Ferrell has had, immediately following the game:

Ferrell addressed the fans after the game with a senior speech, per Jeff Rabjohns of Rivals.com.

“I wanted to be a winner, a four-year guy that gave his all to Hoosier Nation. I came back because of you guys,” he said.

The amazing Hoosiers’ season seemed far away in December when they got off to a 5-3 start following a 94-74 loss to the Duke Blue Devils. Now, at 25-6, they are conference champions. Indiana president Michael McRobbie was obviously happy with the season, per Rabjohns.

“It started as a difficult season but turned into one of the best seasons in the history of Indiana University basketball," McRobbie said.

Hoosiers’ head coach Tom Crean said his players never gave up on each other, per Rabjohns:

Bielfeldt, a senior, was short and to the point when describing what it’s like to play in Bloomington, per Indiana Basketball:

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon was not happy following the loss, saying his team’s poor offense in the latter part of the first half affected its defense, per InsidetheHall.com:

Ferrell’s career will go down as one of the most memorable with the Hoosiers, and Crean thinks his star point guard has a lot of basketball left in his future, per Rabjohns.

“Maybe he’s unappreciated in some areas, but there’s an NBA team that’s going to take him, and they’re going to appreciate him."

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