BLOOMINGTON, Ind – The Indiana Hoosiers (7-4, 2-2 B1G) welcomed the Maryland Terrapins (6-5, 1-4 B1G) into Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall and Indiana came out on top in a 63-55 win over Maryland Monday night.
For the third straight game head coach Archie Miller chose to go with a freshman in Trey Galloway in the starting five over upperclassmen such as Rob Phinisee. Galloway was joined by Al Durham, Race Thompson, Trayce Jackson-Davis, and Armaan Franklin.
Galloway got things going for the Hoosiers early as he was able to score a driving layup for the first basket of the game.
The big story of the first half was the apparent ankle injury to sophomore guard, and IU’s second leading scorer, Armaan Franklin (13.8 ppg). Franklin was pushing the ball in transition and seemed to roll his ankle with just over 10 minutes remaining in the first half. After spending some time on the sideline, Franklin then moved to the hallway. When he returned, it was with his warm up jacket on and a towel over his head.
As for the rest of the Hoosiers, the first half was a struggle. Jackson-Davis started the game 0-5 from the field and finished the first half with only five points. As a team, IU combined to shoot 0-9 from long distance and turned the ball over five times.
For Maryland, junior guard Aaron Wiggins tallied 10 points in the first half on 4-7 shooting from the field and 2-3 from three-point land.
The lone bright spot for Indiana in the first half was redshirt junior Race Thompson. Thompson ended the half as IU’s leading scorer (9) and leading rebounder (7), accumulating a near double-double in half number one.
At halftime Indiana trailed Maryland 21-27.
The second half started just as poorly as the first ended, if not worse. Maryland extended their lead to nine as they led 34-25 with 15:38 remaining in half number two.
Indiana then went on a run to make it a ball game once again.
Junior guard Rob Phinisee hit Indiana’s first three-point field goal with 14:51 left to bring IU within 7 points. Indiana was 0-11 before his attempt as they continue to struggle from long distance. Just as they have in recent memory.
With just over 12 minutes remaining sophomore standout Trayce Jackson-Davis made it a one point game when he was able to get three points the old-fashioned way, finishing through contact and hitting his free throw.
After a Jerome Hunter made three-point shot, TJD ripped the ball from a Maryland guard and took it all the way to the basket, slamming it home extending their lead 47-43 with nine minutes remaining.
TJD finished with a game-high 22 points and 14 rebounds
At the nine minute mark Indiana turned up the pressure on the defensive side of the ball, forcing Maryland into a near 5-minute scoring drought where they shot 1-10 from the field.
In this time frame, Indiana went on a 28-8 run giving them a 10 point lead 55-45.
The story of the second half, as it has been in recent Indiana games, was the change in intensity for the Hoosiers. IU ramped up their energy, played stronger defense, and were able to knock down open jump shots when they were given.
Indiana will look to keep their momentum going as they travel to Madison, Wisconsin to face off with the No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers on Thursday, Jan. 7 at 7:00 P.M. EST one the Big Ten Network.