Maryland holds off Indiana in “Throwback Night” rematch

In Maryland’s first meeting with Indiana at Assembly Hall in Bloomington on Jan. 22, the Hoosiers lit up the Terrapins to the tune of 15 of 22 from three-point range on the way to an 89-70 win. Junior point guard, Yogi Farrell of the Hoosiers hit seven three-pointers on his way to a 24- point night. On Feb. 11, the Terps chose to take a trip down memory lane, this time creating more pleasant memories of the former matchup matchup with Indiana.

Dez Wells and Melo Trimble each scored 18 points, and Maryland held off another upset bid for a 68-66 win on “Throwback Night” in the rematch against Indiana at Xfinity Center in College Park. Fans were encouraged to wear merchandise from the 2001-2002 season, when Maryland beat Indiana 64-52 in the national championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Prices at the concession stands were even rolled back to where they were that season.

The crowd of 15,304 loudly booed the Hoosiers when they took the court for the start of the game. Freshman forward Damonte Dodd sent a message on the defensive end, blocking three shots in the first half, and guard Richaud Pack added two blocks of his own. That didn’t deter Farrell, who picked up right where he left off in Bloomington by hitting a pair of threes that beat the shot clock buzzer. In a back-and-forth first half,

Evan Smotrycz and Melo Trimble helped Maryland get a little bit of breathing room by hitting threes on back-to-back trips a minute apart late in the half. However, Maryland only had a 30-28 lead at the media timeout with 3:12 to go in the first half. Out of the timeout, Farrell hit a three from in front of the Maryland bench, and was fouled by Pack. Farrell made the free throw to complete the four- point play and give Indiana a 32-30 lead. Maryland took a 35-34 halftime lead on a circus layup by Trimble, who finished the first half with a team-high 11 points.

In the second half, Jared Nickens hit a three just over six minutes in to give Maryland a 47-42 lead.

The Hoosiers responded with six unanswered points, highlighted by a James Blackmon, Jr. dunk and free throw to take a one-point lead, but Trimble answered right back with a three to put the Terrapins back up, 50-48. Farrell made a layup to tie the game at 51 with 6:14 left. Maryland was unfazed.

Wells made the front end of a one- and-one, but Jake Layman got the rebound. Trimble kicked the ball out to Nickens in the corner in front of the Maryland bench, and he drilled a three. Wells then drove to the basket for a layup that gave the Terps a 57-51 lead, drew a standing ovation and forced Hoosiers coach Tom Crean to call timeout with 5:09 left. Once again, Farrell came up with a big shot.

After Maryland committed a shot-clock violation with 3:54 left, Farrell banked in a three to tie the score at 57 with 3:30 to go. After the teams traded baskets, Layman posted up his defender, turned and scored on a layup to give Maryland a 63-61 lead with a minute left. Layman says that was a play designed for him.

“It was a play call for me to get the ball at the elbow, and just drive right and try to get by him,” Layman said, who finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. “It was a big shot for us. It was good that Coach had that confidence in me down the stretch to put it in to me.”

The Terps then made five of six free throws in the final minute to fend off a Farrell three. However, he missed a three that would’ve won the game, and an off-balance shot at the buzzer that would’ve tied it. Layman grabbed the rebound to secure the win in a game that saw 18 lead changes. Maryland improved to 20-5 overall (8-4 Big Ten), and remains unbeaten at home in conference play. Indiana fell to 17-8 overall, and 7-5 in the Big Ten. Both Mark Turgeon of Maryland and Crean raved about just how great a game it was.

“Give Indiana a lot of credit, they were terrific,” Turgeon said after the game. “Yogi was obviously good, but I thought down the stretch we really executed, whether it was Jake, Melo, Dez making a play, Jared Nickens hitting a shot.”

Crean said while both teams played well, it came down to who could make that one last play.

“We made mistakes, they made mistakes, and at the end of the day, they just made a play more than we did,” Crean said. “We withstood some poor shooting. We withstood some excellent shooting from Maryland, and at the same time, we made plays, we made just one less.”

Crean said he wouldn’t trade Farrell for anyone. Farrell finished with a game-high 23 points, along with five rebounds and six assists. Trimble said it was great to be able to match up against Farrell.

“He played great in both games, hit a lot of threes. Last game, I didn’t really match the way he was scoring,” Trimble said.

Wells also had a strong game, scoring several times on drives to the basket. He said he exercised patience against Indiana’s defense.

“I think they played really good defense on me. They sent double teams to me, and they tried to make it extremely hard for me to get into the paint, but I tried to take my time and do what was necessary for us to win. So when somebody was open, I tried to get them the ball. I needed to be assertive. I was assertive,” Wells said.

Maryland will wrap up the season with a rematch at Penn State, followed by home games against Nebraska, a top-five Wisconsin team, and Michigan, and then two more rematches at Nebraska and Rutgers

Terps’ Wells Out With Broken Bone in Wrist

The Maryland Terrapins may have won the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, but they’ve lost one of their leaders for possibly the rest of their non-conference schedule.

Senior guard Dez Wells suffered a broken bone in his right wrist during Maryland’s 72-63 win over number 13 Iowa State in the CBE Classic championship game on Nov. 25. He had surgery to repair the fracture three days later in Baltimore, and is expected to miss at least four weeks.

Wells was leading the Terrapins in scoring at 16.2 points a game in Maryland’s first five games. Maryland held off Monmouth 61-56 in College Park in its first game without Wells. Freshman guard Melo Trimble led the way with 24 points, five rebounds and three assists for the Terrapins.

Orioles to Face Hot Royals in ALCS

The Baltimore Orioles lost five out of six games to the Detroit Tigers during the regular season, including being swept in a three-game series at Camden Yards May 12-14. However, the Orioles have become a different team since the first two months of the season, and it showed against the A.L. Central champions.

Detroit didn’t wrap up their division title until the last day of the regular season on Sept. 28. Four days later, they found themselves facing a raucous standing-room-only crowd of nearly 48,000. It didn’t take long for perhaps the Tigers’ biggest nemesis to land another body blow against them in October.

In the bottom of the first inning of Game 1, right fielder Nick Markakis led off as he did so often during the season: with a single. Left fielder Alejandro De Aza was hit by a pitch, and center fielder Adam Jones hit into a fielder’s choice, getting Markakis to third with one out. Designated hitter Nelson Cruz came up, and drilled a first-pitch fastball over the grounds crew’s shed to give Baltimore a 2-0 lead and launch the crowd into a frenzy. Cruz hit .364 with six home runs and 22 runs batted in during the 2011 American League Championship Series to lead the Texas Rangers to a 4-2 series win and their second straight World Series appearance. Detroit answered in the top of the second with back-to-back homers by Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez. However, the Orioles came right back and retook the lead in the bottom of the inning.

Third baseman Ryan Flaherty drew a walk with one out, and went to third on a two-out single by Jonathan Schoop. That turned the lineup over for Markakis, who singled to right to drive in Flaherty and give the Orioles a 3-2 lead. That score held through the middle innings, which saw starter Chris Tillman leave after throwing 105 pitches in five innings thanks to a lot of pitches that were fouled off. Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler alone fouled off 16 of the 30 pitches he saw from Tillman. In the bottom of the seventh, the crowd roared to life again when shortstop J.J. Hardy drove a 1-1 change-up into the left-center field bleachers to give Baltimore a 4-2 lead. That home run, along with a line drive double play the Orioles turned in the eighth, would loom large after two-time A.L. Most Valuable Player Miguel Cabrera hit a solo homer to right center to cut the Orioles’ lead to 4-3. That led to a bottom of the eighth that would turn the tide for the rest of the series.

The Orioles sent 12 batters to the plate, and scored eight runs to turn a close game into a blowout. Schoop hit a two-run double, and De Aza capped the outburst by also hitting a two-run double, his second two-bagger of the inning, to make it 12-3.

In Game 2, Markakis opened the scoring with a two-run homer off the top of the grounds crew shed in the third inning. The homer off Justin Verlander was upheld after a Detroit challenge. The Tigers responded by scoring five runs in the fourth to knock Wei-Yin Chen out of the game. J.D. Martinez had the big blow with a three-run homer, and Nick Castellanos followed with a home run of his own. Hardy hit an RBI single in the bottom of the inning to make it 5-3.

In the top of the eighth, Victor Martinez hit an RBI double to make it 6-3 Tigers, but Cabrera was thrown out at the plate. In the bottom of the eighth, Adam Jones was hit by a pitch, and Cruz singled. Jones scored on Steve Pearce’s single. Hardy walked to load the bases, and on the first pitch he saw from Tigers reliever Joakim Soria, pinch-hitter Delmon Young hit a bases-clearing double to the left-field wall, scoring all three runners to give the Orioles a 7-6 lead and sending another standing-room-only crowd into delirium. Zach Britton retired the side in order in the ninth to pick up the save and send the Orioles off to Detroit with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

In Game 3, Cruz once again made his presence felt, hitting a two-run homer off David Price to break a scoreless tie in the sixth inning and send a subdued Detroit crowd into dead silence. In his postseason career, Cruz now has a .353 average with 8 homers and 22 RBI against Detroit. The Tigers didn’t score until the bottom of the ninth, when Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez started the inning with back-to-back doubles. Castellanos was intentionally walked, and then pinch-hitter Hernan Perez hit into a double play to end the game and the series, sending the Orioles into the ALCS for the first time since 1997.

The Orioles will be facing a Royals team that they went 3-4 against during the season. The Royals walked off with a 9-8 win over Oakland in 12 innings on Sept. 30, and then defeated the Angels twice in 11 innings in Anaheim on the way to a three-game sweep. Game 1 of the ALCS will be at 8:07 p.m. on Oct. 10, followed by Game 2 at 4:07 p.m. the next day. The series will shift to Kansas City for Games 3 and 4 at 8 p.m. on Oct. 13 and 14. Game 5, if necessary, will be at 4 p.m. Games 6 and 7 will be at 8 p.m. on Oct. 17 and 18 in Baltimore.