- Associated Press - Sunday, March 6, 2016

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell closed out his career at Assembly Hall perfectly.

He reveled in the trophy presentation and the net-cutting ceremony. He savored the reverberating chants of his name during the game’s final minutes. Most importantly, he got to celebrate by going unbeaten at home.

Indiana’s senior guard scored 17 points, had four rebounds and added four more assists to his school record, while Troy Williams matched his career high with 23 points to lead No. 12 Indiana past No. 14 Maryland, 80-62.

Maryland was led by Melo Trimble, who had 17 points, and Robert Carter, who had 14 points seven rebounds. Diamond Stone was the only other player to reach double figures in scoring, as he had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Terrapins (24-7, 12-6 Big Ten).

They just didn’t have enough to hang with the Hoosiers after watching an early eight-point lead wiped out.

Indiana (25-6, 15-3 Big Ten) took the only lead it needed during a 14-3 first-half run, seized control by scoring the last nine points of the first half to make it 41-28 and never allowed the Terrapins to get closer than nine points in the second half. The Terrapins entered the game with the Big Ten’s second-best defensive field goal percentage in league play but allowed Indiana to shoot 51.0 percent from the field.

“They were good, we kept battling,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. “We just didn’t finish the first half right, didn’t finish the second half right.”
Ferrell, Williams and their teammates made it look awfully easy against the conference’s preseason favorite.

For most of the season, Maryland was viewed as a contender. Now, the Terrapins are trying to pull themselves out of a slump. After losing four of their last six games, Maryland’s reward is another trip to Indiana for the Big Ten tournament, in which they will play Iowa, Purdue or Wisconsin on Friday.

The Hoosiers won their 17th home game, tying the second-highest home victory total in one season in school history. It’s the most wins in any unbeaten season at Assembly Hall and marked the first time since 1992-93 that Indiana won a Big Ten title by going unbeaten at home.

It was a fitting finale for Ferrell, the school’s career assists leader. He scored 11 points in the first half and dazzled fans with his magician-like ball-handling. During the final minutes, chants of Ferrell’s name could be heard loudly throughout the arena.

Williams was every bit as good in the second half as Ferrell was in the first. Williams scored 10 of Indiana’s first 12 points in the second half and helped extend the lead to 55-39 with 15:01 left.

Maryland closed to 64-55 on Jaylen Brantley’s 3-pointer with 6:51 left, but the Hoosiers responded with an 8-2 spurt and closed it out at the free throw line.

“I feel like this has been the most fun year for me,” Ferrell told the crowd after Indiana wrapped up its first perfect season at home since 2006-07. “I just want to thank my team for making this last year as special as it can be. Hopefully, we’re not done.”

Ferrell made them pay for it and walked out of Assembly Hall with a piece of net and a memory nobody can take away — two Big Ten regular-season titles in four seasons.

“I feel like this is a special place in my heart man,” Ferrell said. “I’m never going to forget it.”

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