Indiana races past No. 8 Maryland, 89-70

Yogi Ferrell scored 24 points on 7-of-8 3-point shooting and James Blackmon Jr. had 22 as No. 23 Indiana moved into a share of first place in the Big Ten with Wisconsin with a convincing 89-70 victory over No. 8 Maryland.

The Indiana Hoosiers picked a good time to play their best game of the season.

The Hoosiers hit 60 percent of their shots from the field, including 15-of-22 from 3-point range (68.2 percent) and No. 23 Indiana raced to an 89-70 victory Thursday night over No. 8 Maryland before a raucous capacity crowd of 17,472 at Assembly Hall.

The win moves Indiana (15-4, 5-1 Big Ten) into a tie atop the Big Ten standings with Wisconsin, both with 5-1 conference records. Maryland (17-3, 5-2) falls a half game off the Big Ten lead and is tied with Michigan for third place.

The Hoosiers will be back in action Sunday afternoon when they travel to Ohio State for a 1:30 p.m. ET tip.

Yogi Ferrell had been in a slump of late shooting the basketball. In his last three games, he had made 5-for-25 overall and 3-for-17 from 3-point range.

Thursday night, he was a completely different player. He made 8-of-10 shots from the field including 7-of-8 from 3-point range and just took over the game down the stretch.

James Blackmon Jr. hit 8-of-14 shots and 3-of-5 3-pointers en route to a 22-point performance.

Troy Williams had 16 points and Collin Hartman had a career-high 15. In fact, Hartman had a career-high of 10 points with 8:14 to play in the first half. Hartman had seven quick points and a total of three 3-pointers in the first 12 minutes.

Indiana only trailed once in the game and that was at 3-1. The game was tied at 26 with 6:41 to play in the first half but then IU went on a 7-0 run.

It was close at halftime with IU clinging to a 38-35 lead.

But IU came out and scored the first six points of the second half and went on an 11-3 run to build th lead to double figures at 49-38.

When Ferrell hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 9:48 to play to put IU up 64-53, the Hoosiers would never lead by less than 10 points again.

Indiana outscored the Terrapins 51-35 in the second half.

Jake Layman led Maryland with 13 points and Jared Nickens added 12 on four 3-pointers.

Maryland had a good night shooting the ball, too. The Terrapins made 50.9 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range on 10-of-20 shooting.

But it was simply too much Indiana.

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