COLUMBUS, Ohio — For all of Indiana’s offensive brilliance, the Hoosiers were reminded Sunday that there will be days like this if it cannot shore up its porous defense.
Indiana had enough firepower to hang around against a hungry Buckeyes outfit, but failed to string together enough stops in an 82-70 loss to Ohio State at Value City Arena.
The loss snaps a four-game winning streak for the Hoosiers, who travel to Purdue on Wednesday at 9.
Ohio State shot 62 percent from the field, led by 22 points from star freshman D’Angelo Russell and 20 points from Jae’Sean Tate. Indiana further compounded its problems on defense with one of its sloppiest games of the Big Ten season. The Hoosiers equalled their turnover total from their first meeting with the Buckeyes, when they committed 15 errors in Bloomington. The same total held true in Columbus, but many of Indiana’s turnovers were unforced.
Led by Yogi Ferrell’s 26 points, IU shot 52 percent from the field and connected on 12 of its 25 3-pointers. Collin Hartman added 12 points — all of which came on four 3-pointers.
Indiana had one of its best starts to the season, building a 12-4 run while connecting on each of its first eight shots. The Hoosiers didn’t miss until the 13-minute mark, at which point the game began to turn.
Ohio State answered with a 19-5 run that gave the Buckeyes a 25-19 advantage with eight minutes remaining in the half. Russell keyed the turnaround for Ohio State, hitting seven of his first 11 shots for 16 first-half points.
The Hoosiers reached their season average with 11 turnovers by the end of the first period. Making matters worse was an injury suffered by Robert Johnson that limited the Indiana guard to only eight first-half minutes. He returned with a black brace on his left knee and played in the second half.
Ohio State led by as many as 13 points five minutes into the second half, before Indiana cut its deficit to six on back-to-back possessions that produced a layup by Stan Robinson and a jumper from Ferrell. But Russell answered with two straight 3-pointers to extend Ohio State’s lead back to 12 midway through the half.
Indiana cut its deficit to single digits on four more occasions in the next seven minutes, but never got closer than seven points.
This story will be updated.
FINAL: Maryland 84, Indiana 74
Teri Moren kept calling timeouts down the stretch as IU nearly matched Maryland bucket for bucket. Amanda Cahill intercepted a pass, hit Alexis Gassion and then Gassion stole the inbounds for another bucket to make it a 10-point game with 24 seconds left. But the lead was too great. The Terrapins hits some free throws in the double bonus to extend their lead.
With 3:53 remaining, a little more life now. A turnaround jumper in the post by Jenn Anderson, who had missed her fair share of buckets close to the basket, gave her an and-1 and made IU’s deficit 11, 70-59. But Anderson was called for her fifth foul shortly thereafter, trying to draw a charge; the Terrapins miss both free throws, but Brionna Jones gets the offensive rebound and scores to push it back to 72-59.
With 7:46 remaining, signs of life from Indiana. It’s a 65-50 lead for Maryland, but IU has seen some gritty play from Tyra Buss, who drove into contact and converted an and-1 to make the score 61-43. She then dribbled around a defender — screened off by Amanda Cahill — got into the lane and found Alexis Gassion for a lay-in.
With 13:32 remaining, it’s 59-40 Maryland.
With 15:36 remaining, Maryland is maintaining a 55-33 lead. Tyra Buss had a nice play, taking a turnover down the court and dropping it off for Larryn Brooks for a lay-in. But Jenn Anderson follows that up with a couple of misses from point-blank range. The Hoosiers just can’t connect in bunches. The Terrapins can.
HALFTIME: Maryland 47, Indiana 29
That 3-point game midway through the second half turned into a 18-point halftime advantage for the Terrapins. Their shot was just too lethal. Tyra Buss leads IU with eight points. Jenn Anderson has seven points and five rebounds. But Maryland’s Lexie Brown has 11 points and six rebounds. Two other Terrapins, Malina Howard (8) and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (9) are threatening to reach double figures.
A 23-15 advantage on the boards, for Maryland, as well as shooting 63.3 percent to IU’s 25.8 percent.
With 3:34 remaining, Maryland is now up, 36-23. Indiana is 7-of-25 from the field (28 percent), including 0-of-10 from 3, while the Terrapins are hitting at a 16-of-24 (66 percent) clip.
With 7:45 remaining, Maryland is steadily expanding its lead, 29-20. Tyra Buss had a steal and a lay-in to make it 23-20, but Maryland has scored the last six points. On one key possession, Larryn Brooks and Taylor Agler both missed 3s — being that the Hoosiers came up with two offensive boards — but they weren’t able to convert after finally finding Alexis Gassion cutting to the basket, but missing. Maryland came down on the other end a nailed a jumper. Those little swings count.
With 11: 38 remaining, Indiana has fallen behind, 19-15. But the Hoosiers are hanging with the No. 6 team in the country, thanks to the right-hand of Jenn Anderson in the post delivering a couple baskets. Tyra Buss is also being aggressive, attacking the basket. She is getting knocked around, but she keeps going back for more. She will be shooting free throws after the timeout.
With 15:49 remaining, Indiana is out to a 7-5 lead on Maryland. Tyra Buss hit one of two free throws, then was the recipient of a Larryn Brooks steal for a transition layup to make it 3-1. Alexis Gassion followed that with a baseline jumper on the next offensive possession. Maryland, however, brought it back to 5-5 with a couple of quick buckets. Brooks hit a couple of free throws to bring us to this score.
Indiana will host one of the country’s top teams, No. 6 Maryland, in a game that is set to tip at 3 p.m. If you don’t have the Big Ten Network, check back here for updates, or follow me on Twitter, @Jon_Blau.
1. Can Indiana continue limiting turnovers? Beyond the team’s jump in offensive production, the Hoosiers’ ability to hold on to the ball has been one of the most encouraging developments over the last few months. Indiana’s turnovers are down from 15 per game last season to 11.6 this year, while its 16.7 turnover percentage is the lowest under coach Tom Crean and ranks the Hoosiers at No. 36 nationally, according to KenPom.com. The Buckeyes have a track record for defensive toughness and forced Indiana into 15 turnovers on Jan. 10.
2. A showdown between star backcourts: Indiana has Yogi Ferrell and James Blackmon Jr. Ohio State boasts D’Angelo Russell and Shannon Scott. Blackmon and Russell are two of the top freshmen not only in the conference, but in the entire country. Blackmon trails his classmate Russell for the national scoring lead among freshmen by only 2.4 points per game, while averaging 18 points and shooting 52.9 percent from 3-point range over his last three games. Ferrell and Scott are veteran point guards with savvy and skill. Scott is sixth nationally with 6.9 assists per game, while Ferrell has 14 assists and 1 turnover over his last two games. (more…)
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