Story By: Sol Tucker
Photos By: Sol Tucker
College Park, MD–
When Jahmir Young transferred to Maryland, he knew he was going to help this team win games. What he probably didn’t know is that he was going to emerge as the best player on the team and make a difference almost every game.
Young scored 20 points, Donta Scott added 19 and Maryland snapped No. 21 Indiana’s five-game winning streak with a 66-55 victory Tuesday night.
You knew it was going to be a long night when Indiana opened the second half the game with two down low air balls and after that the chat of airball from the Maryland student section seemed to get in the head of every Indiana player who took a shot.
Jalen Hood-Schifino, Indiana’s No. 2 scorer this season, was held to three points on 1-of-14 shooting.
“We played a great night defensively,” said Terps Head Coach Kevin Willard. ” I told these guys before the game that this was a very strong team and we needed to battle them hard on the defensive side, that is exactly what helped us win this game.”
“I thought our double-teams were really great, and I thought their defense was just as good. It was a really well-played defensive game on both sides, said Willard.”
While didn’t have the best offensive night, they won despite shooting 34% from the field and 5 of 22 from 3-point range. The Terps were able to defend just about everything Indiana tried, double-teaming Trayce Jackson-Davis and limiting the Hoosiers to 11 attempts from beyond the arc.
It looked as if the Terps were really going to pull away when Young drove to the basket giving the Terps a comfortable 54-42 lead, but then Indiana went on a 7-0 run to make a game within reach. This was the last time the Hoosiers would come close.
Julian Reese showed up late as he has in the past few games with a huge jumper to give the Terps a 60-51 lead with 3:02 remaining.
Indiana had one final shot by Miller Kopp with 47 seconds remaining that fell shot, giving the Terps all they would need to knock off the 21st ranked Hoosiers.