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No. 15 Maryland dominates Indiana in second half to get first win of new year

Despite an early shooting slump, the No. 15 Maryland Terrapins used a dominant second half to pull away from Indiana in a 75-59 victory.

Both the Hoosiers and Terps have struggled with poor shooting outings and that trend continued throughout Saturday’s contest. Maryland got out to a 3-15 start but Indiana couldn’t capitalize, going seven and a half minutes without a field goal. Sophomore Aaron Wiggins drained his only three pointer of the contest to cap an 18-4 run that ended the half. The Terps shot 29 percent from the field in the first half but maintained a 28-20 halftime lead.

The Hoosiers would not fade away though. A quick 6-0 run, spearheaded by Hoosiers center Joey Brunk, trimmed the deficit to three points. But Maryland had the answer. Donta Scott and Anthony Cowan hit midrange jumpers followed by an Eric Ayala transition lay-up. Cowan would later get to the free throw line and convert both attempts, pushing the Terps lead to double digits.

Maryland lacked an offensive flow for most of the game, shooting just 38 percent from the field and 25 percent from deep. But they limited their mistakes, turning the ball over only seven times and making 21 of their 25 free throws.

It was a balanced attack with Cowan, Wiggins, Darryl Morsell and Jalen Smith scoring in double figures, Smith had one of his better games of late, finishing with 19 points, eight rebounds, and making 60 percent of his shots.

Meanwhile Indiana couldn’t get much going on offense all afternoon, going through several scoring droughts. The Terps threw multiple defenders at Hoosiers star freshman Trayce Jackson-Davis, who was limited to a season-low seven points.

After dropping their last two games against power five conference foes, this was an important win for the Terps to right the ship. Their upcoming slate does them no favors with No. 5 Ohio State coming to town on Tuesday followed by road games at No. 23 Iowa and Wisconsin. If Maryland plays like they did in the second half of Saturday’s game, they will be a tough opponent for anybody.