The Hoosiers (14-4, 4-1 Big Ten) came out hot and quickly grabbed a 12-3 lead. They made their first three shots from beyond the arc, including two from Collin Hartman. Hartman already has a career-high 10 points on 3-of-3 shooting from distance at the half.
Blackmon Jr. has put the ball on the floor and attacked the basket relentlessly, and it's been successful. He was guarded by Wells for much of the half, but took advantage when a lesser defender was on him.
Maryland (17-2, 5-1) closed the half strong to climb within three points at the break. The Terrapins are led in scoring by Jake Layman with 11 points. Star freshman Melo Trimble had only three points on 1-of-4 shooting in the half, and senior Dez Wells had only four points on 1-of-5 shooting.
Because of Hartman's hot shooting, the Terrapins went with a smaller lineup to close the half, removing removing the 6-foot-9 Damonte Dodd.
The Hoosiers shot 48 percent from the field in the first half (12-of-25), and made 6-of-11 shots from beyond the arc, though they missed their last three attempts. Maryland shot 51.9 percent (14-of-27) and made 5-of-11 3-point attempts. The Terrapins were just 2-of-6 at the foul line.
The Hoosiers lead the rebounding battle 15-13.
The crowd is the loudest it has been in the last two years with all the students now back from break. It's also a late-night tip on a Thursday in Bloomington, and IU kids are normally loud at that time, anyway. Or so I here. We will have plenty more coverage from Assembly Hall tonight, assuming you stay up with us. If not, it will be waiting for you in the morning.