On Saturday, though, his heroic efforts just weren't enough.
Ferrell hit two 3-pointers late to push the game to overtime, but Indiana lost to Georgetown 91-87 at Madison Square Garden.
The Hoosiers (10-3) fell behind 74-69 after a D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera jump with 1:37 to go in regulation. But Ferrell refused to let IU go down easy.
Ferrell hit two free throws on IU's next possession, and after Jabril Trawick pushed Georgetown's lead back to five, Ferrell banked in a deep 3-pointer with only 39 seconds to go.
Trawick countered with a free throw on the other end, pushing the lead to three. Tom Crean chose to let his team play without a timeout, and Ferrell responded with a cold-blooded 3 to tie the game at 77-77 with 12 seconds to go.
"Yogi is a big shot maker," Crean said afterward. "He's one of the better guards in the country. Nobody feels worse about this game than he does because in his matchup, his guy got some buckets."
The Hoosiers, though, just couldn't stop Georgetown (8-3) in the extra period. The Hoyas scored the first seven points of the OT period and never trailed again. Indiana momentarily cut the lead to three and had two straight empty possessions. On the first, James Blackmon missed a pull-up 3-pointer, and on the second, Ferrell threw the ball away when trying to find Troy Williams for a layup.
Ferrell finished with 27 points on 9-of-15 shooting and 5-of-10 from beyond the arc. He also had five turnovers and only one assist. Williams continued to play well and put IU on his back for part of the second half. The sophomore had a career-high 23 points (8-of-12 FG), eight rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Smith-Rivera, an Indianapolis native who began his high school career at North Central, had a game-high 29 points on 9-of-18 shooting and 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. He also had four assists and three steals. Smith-Rivera scored 24 points in the second half and overtime.
The Hoosiers will likely look back at this game and lament the fact that they had 17 turnovers. They also got absolutely nothing from big man Hanner Mosquera-Perea, who missed the front end of a 1-and-1 in overtime and simply couldn't finish around the basket.
Indiana led by 10 at halftime, but watched it slip away thanks to Smith-Rivera's hot shooting and Joshua Smith's ability to stay on the floor in the second half. Smith, 6-foot-10 and 350 pounds, drew the attention of IU's defense and often set up his teammates for easy scoring opportunities.
Smith had 14 points and six rebounds.
Blackmon added 22 points for Indiana on 6-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc. Indiana made 13 3-pointers on 30 attempts.
The Hoosiers finished the non-conference schedule with a 10-3 record. They open Big Ten play on New Year's Eve at Nebraska.