Maryland returned home on Tuesday to host Indiana and once again found themselves in a closely contested game. The Terps went on to beat the Hoosiers 75-72 on the shoulders of Kevin Huerter and Melo Trimble.
Tuesday night’s match-up had big implications even though both teams were unranked. A struggling Indiana team entered the contest with just one win in their last four games. This losing skid resulted in the Hoosiers’ removal from the Top 25 for the first time all season. After Maryland’s win at Michigan on Saturday, the Terps found themselves on the edge of being ranked and needed another good win against Indiana to boost their resume.
The Maryland defense was on point in the first half, posting eight blocks. Five of those blocks came from forward Damonte Dodd. Despite this, the Terps found themselves up just 39-38 at the break. Indiana’s domination of the glass in the first half kept things close even though they turned the ball over eight times.In the second half the score remained locked with neither team jumping out to a significant lead. The offensive mentality differed between the two teams. Indiana was on fire from beyond the three-point line, silencing the rowdy College Park crowd on multiple occasions. Maryland continued to drive and attack the rim, resulting in many trips to the free throw line.
In the final minutes, Kevin Huerter came up with a big three -point shot and then a rebound on the following defensive possession. The freshman hurled the ball down court to a wide open Anthony Cowan for an easy layup, giving the Terps a three point lead with a minute to play.
With the clock winding down, Indiana’s OG Anunoby took flight and threw down a huge dunk to cut the lead to just one. While the Hoosier players were caught up in the intensity of the dunk, Maryland was able to inbound the ball and shave some extra seconds off the clock before Indiana could foul. Melo Trimble only made one free throw, giving the Hoosiers one last chance to tie the game. Robert Johnson got a clean shot off but missed and the Terps escaped with a narrow 75-72 victory.
Maryland is now 3-1 in conference play. They will hit the road again this Saturday to face Illinois, who they manhandled 84-59 just a few weeks ago.