Two big match ups highlighted the day in the Big Ten on Sunday including Ohio State getting a much needed win over a surging Indiana team, and Maryland surviving at home over Northwestern after being down eleven at half.
Game of the Night: Northwestern Wildcats at Maryland Terrapins
Sunday night's late game consisted of two teams heading in opposite directions. Northwestern (10-10, 1-6) traveled to take on Maryland (18-3, 6-2.) On paper, this game didn't look to be a close one, but that's why they play the game.
In a home game against a struggling Wildcats team, Maryland could not afford to lose this game. After being down by 11 points at halftime (41-30), the 13th ranked Terrapins rallied the troops together and made a comeback. They called on Melo Trimble (16.3 ppg) to lead them back against Northwestern and Trimble went for 27 points along with 4 steals in Maryland's victory (67-66).
With 21 seconds remaining, Trimble sank two free throws that gave Maryland its first lead of the game 65-64. Tre Demps (11.9 ppg) of Northwestern came down the court and knocked down a jump shot from the elbow that put the Wildcats back on top with 9 seconds left.
Maryland not having any timeouts remaining, brought the ball up quickly and Melo shot a deep three with about 4 seconds on the clock, the shot rimmed out but Dez Wells (13.6 ppg) was there for the rebound and put back for the Terrapins with 1.4 seconds left. Northwestern was unable to connect on the half-court shot and Maryland picked up their 6th conference win. Northwestern was led by freshman Bryant McIntosh (12.4 ppg) who had 21 points.
Maryland will travel to Ohio State on Wednesday in a big conference match-up. Northwestern will have a long week of practice before hosting Purdue on Saturday.
Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio State Buckeyes
In the afternoon's early game between Indiana (15-5, 5-2) and the home team of Ohio State (16-5, 5-3) the Buckeyes were able to cool off the Hoosiers (82-70.) Indiana came into Sunday's game after a big win at home over Maryland, and continued that momentum as they connected on their first eight shots of the game, but that didn't stop Ohio State from staying focused.
Ohio State was able to go into halftime with an eight point lead. The Buckeyes were able to force the Hoosiers into turning the ball over 15 times that led to 26 points, including 5 turnovers that came during a 10-0 run for Ohio State in the first half that gave the Buckeyes the lead for good.
Once again DeAngelo Russell (19.4 ppg) was the go to man for Ohio State, he finished with his second double-double of the year that included, 22 points, 10 assists, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals all which led the Buckeyes. Ohio State also had some help from Jae'Sean Tate (7.4 ppg) and Marc Loving (11.3 ppg) who scored 20 and 12 points respectively.
Indiana was led in scoring by Yogi Ferrell (16.0 ppg) who had 26 points in which 18 of them came from behind the arc on 6-11 shooting. Yogi also had seven three pointers in the big win over Maryland earlier last week.
Indiana travels to play in-state rival the Purdue Boilermakers on Wednesday, who are coming off a momentum victory over Iowa. Ohio State will remain at home for Wednesday's huge matchup against Maryland who was able to squeeze one out on Sunday over Northwestern.