The first half

Off target, Terps use `D' to stay step ahead

April 02, 2002|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

Maryland played one of its best defensive halves of the season and Juan Dixon outscored Indiana in the first nine minutes, but the rest of the Terps made just nine of 25 shots. Indiana made just one of its first 10 shots inside the three-point arc and had no semblance of an inside game, as sophomore Jared Jeffries drew his second foul in the eighth minute.

Indiana stayed in it by making five of eight three-point attempts.

Dixon didn't hit much in the warm-ups, but he was perfect in the first 20 minutes, when he made all four of his field-goal attempts and both of his free throws. Lonny Baxter got Maryland's first basket with a baseline drive and reverse layup. Jeffries countered at the other end with a nice move on the right block, his only points of the half.

Chris Wilcox followed with a jumper from the foul line, and Maryland led for the final 18:23 of the half. Dixon got going with a three from the left corner, but Dane Fife and Kyle Hornsby hit from long distance to bring Indiana within 11-8. The Terps reeled off the next eight points to forge a 19-8 lead, as Byron Mouton and Baxter fought for put-backs, and Dixon made two free throws and converted a steal.

When Wilcox scored on the left block with 9:26 left, Maryland enjoyed a 23-11 cushion, but Fife's defense denied Dixon a field-goal attempt in the last 10 minutes and the rest of the Terps went ice cold.

Indiana wasn't much warmer, and when Wilcox broke a field-goal drought that lasted longer than six minutes with 2:28 left, the lead was back up to 27-18. Ryan Randle got a good roll to make it 29-18, but Kyle Hornsby made a three and A.J. Moye stripped Steve Blake off of Baxter's inbounds pass and scored.

Blake scored on a drive, but Tom Coverdale answered with a driving basket at the buzzer to cut the Maryland lead to 31-25. Indiana made 32.1 percent of its field-goal attempts, compared to 44.8 for Maryland.

Half scoring

Maryland 31 Indiana 25

4-20

Indiana's shooting from two-point range

19

Combined turnovers - nine for Indiana, 10 for Maryland

8

Combined bench points - four for Indiana, four for Maryland

Fast start

Juan Dixon

Maryland's senior guard scored 11 points on 4-for-4 shooting from the field and 3-for-3 from the line in the first 10 minutes. He didn't take a shot the rest of the half.

Droughts

Both teams

The Hoosiers had stretches of 4:33 and 4:40 without a field goal. The Terps went 6:38.

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