At the buzzer: Indiana 70, Maryland 60 – inside the concourse

Quick thoughts on the 70-60 win against Maryland:

How did this happen

Indiana was fresh to start Friday’s Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal game against Maryland at the United Center. The Hoosiers made their first five shots and took an 11-5 lead in the first three minutes. But Maryland, ever determined to slow down the tempo, began to grind out the stops forcing IU to play in the half court. And the Terps started making 3-pointers as IU lost shooters on the perimeter. Donta Scott hit Maryland’s sixth 3-pointer of the half to make it 30-22 with 5:32 left. Indiana, however, responded with a 10-4 run to make it a two-point game at intermission. The key stat at the break was three-point shooting. Maryland was 6-for-13 and Indiana just 1-for-3. The Hoosiers outshot Maryland 20-10 in the paint in the first 20 minutes.

After Maryland opened up a 7-point lead at 41-34 to start the second half, Indiana responded with a 12-3 run to take a 46-43 lead into the 12-and-under media break. The Hoosiers pushed the lead to eight on a pair of free throws by Trayce Jackson-Davis with 10:31 left in the game and then to 11 at 9:36 on a three-pointer by Tamar Bates. The Terps stopped the Hoosiers’ 15-0 run with a 3-pointer by Donald Carey with 9:01 remaining. After a Hakim Hart bucket made it 54-48 Indiana, Mike Woodson called a timeout with 8:20 left. The Hoosiers responded by extending their lead to 10 at 61-51 at the final media break. The Terps got within six points at 3:27 and 2:38, but Indiana answered each time. Jalen Hood-Schifino gave Indiana a 9-point lead with 2:06 left. Maryland wouldn’t get any closer than seven points the rest of the way as the Hoosiers advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament against Penn State on Saturday.

Excellent performers

Jackson-Davis led Indiana with 24 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, four blocks and three steals in 38 minutes. Hood-Schifino played all 40 minutes and finished with 19 points, six rebounds, three blocks and two assists.

Stats 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 over the final 20 minutes.

Final IU individual statistics

Final stats without pace

Assembly call after the match

(Photo credit: Indiana on BTN on Twitter)

Recorded for: 2023 Big Ten Tournament, Maryland Terrapins

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