Maryland Pulls Away In Second Half For 80-68 Win Over Indiana
Dec. 1, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- Greivis Vasquez scored 23 points and Landon Milbourne had 19 points and the Terrapins shot 56.5% in the second half, to lead Maryland to an 80-68 victory over Indiana Tuesday night, in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
"We did not defend nearly well enough to win any game," said IU Coach Tom Crean. "It is disappointing because it was a very winnable game. Maybe I shouldn't say that two years in with all the freshmen and sophomores and lack of experience we have. But it was a winnable game and we did not pressure the ball well enough. We did not play physical enough and we did not play tough enough on the defensive end."
The Hoosiers, who were playing in front of their second sellout crowd (17,039) in four home games, used the energy of the crowd to rally from a four-point deficit to go on a 14-3 run over a 5-plus minute span to build a 28-21 lead with 5:59 to go on a pair of free throws by freshman Maurice Creek. After a Maryland turnover, the Hoosiers missed four chances to extend the lead on the offensive glass and the Terps came down and saw Eric Hayes knock down a three-pointer to make it 31-27 with 5:15 left in the half.
Freshman Christian Watford, who had 11 of his 16 points in the first half, drilled a triple to make it 31-24. From there, Maryland showed its poise and veteran leadership. Senior Greivis Vasquez hit a three-pointer to start an 11-2 run to close out the half and Maryland went into intermission with a 35-33 lead.
"There was a time in the first half where we let the game get away from us because we started shooting jump shots and manufacture shots instead of reversing the ball and getting to the rim," noted Crean. "It's a learning lesson. I told them at halftime that we are seven games in and you play against a good team, you have to stay with what you are doing, and we didn't do that."
Maryland extended their lead in the second half to 43-37 with 15:05 to go in the game, but a jumper by Creek tied it at 43-43 and a three-pointer by the Maryland native, who finished with a team-high 19 points would give IU its first advantage of the half at 49-48 with 11:44 to go.
After exchanging leads the next few possessions, Maryland went on a 5-0 run to build a cushion. IU would cut it to 61-58 on a two free throws by senior Devan Dumes with 5:12 to go, but the Terps would score the next nine points to break the game open.
IU did win the battle of the boards, 43-41 and also forced a season-high 18 turnovers by Maryland.
"I am disappointed that we did not match the energy of the fans," said Crean. "I'm disappointed that our ball pressure was low and that's certainly visible to us that we had the lowest number of deflections of the year (29). But we are going to get better, and I have no doubt about that. The reason I'm angry is because I know we are capable of playing better."
The Hoosiers will have a week off before heading to New York to play Pitt in the Jimmy V Classic next Tuesday in Madison Square Garden.
"I know I need everyone to accept that we are young and that we are in the second year of trying to rebuild from a train wreck, but I'm not in [the locker room] accepting it and there is a big, big difference," said Crean. "As the coach of this basketball team, my job is to keep driving them to higher levels than they think they are capable at this point. Obviously we have a long way to go with that, but we will get there."
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