Hoosier Frontline Dominate in Win

Hoosier Frontline Dominate in Win
By Nick Jenkinson/Excel H Sports
The Indiana Hoosiers lead start to finish with a 65-53 win over the Maryland Terrapins in the Big Ten Conference opener Friday Night at Simon Sjkodt Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers are 6-1 on the season and 1-0 with a trip to Michigan Tuesday Night at 9pm as they have won three straight games. Maryland’s 3 game winning streak is snapped as the Terrapins fall to 4-4 on the season and 0-1 in the Big Ten with Penn State coming to College Park Wednesday Night.  The Hoosiers lead the all-time series 13-9 and have won five out of the last six meetings including three straight wins in Simon Skojdt Assembly Hall dating back to 2021.

The Hoosiers frontline dominated in the win led by Kel’el Ware with his third double-double of the season with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Freshman Mackenize Mgbako added 13 points while Malik Reneau added 11 points.  Trey Galloway scored 11 and Freshman Gabe Cupps got his first career start in place of Xavier Johnson who was injured in Last Sunday’s win over Harvard in Indianapolis and was unavailable. Cupps did not score but had 2 steals, a rebound and committed two turnovers in 24 minutes of action.  The Hoosiers finished 26-57 from the field for 45%, 3-9 from three-point range for 33% and 10-18 from the free throw line for 56%.

The Hoosiers pulled down 46 rebounds, dished out 17 assists, 7 steals, 4 blocks and committed 16 turnovers. Indiana had 40 points in the paint with 13 layups and 2 dunks. The Hoosier bench scored 11 points and attacked the glass with 15 offensive rebounds. The Hoosiers did not score for the final 3:17 of the game. The controlled the game start to finish as Maryland got as close as 10 points 50 seconds into the second half and Indiana led by double digits the rest of the way.

Maryland was led in scoring by Jahmir Young with 20 points. Julian Reese scored 14 points and added 8 rebounds. Former Indiana Hoosier Jordan Geronimo did not score in 27 minutes. Geronimo played three years at Indiana from 2020-23 playing 82 total games and starting six games and scoring 338 points for a 4.1 scoring average. The Senior from Newark, New Jersey was 0-5 from the field, 0-3 from three-point range and 0-1 from the free throw line. He pulled down 4 rebounds, 2 steals, a block, 3 turnovers and committed 3 fouls.

Maryland finished 20-56 from the field for 35%, 2-16 from three-point range for 12% and 11-17 from the Free Throw Line for 64%. Maryland pulled down 30 rebounds, 9 steals, 8 assists, 7 blocks and committed 12 turnovers. The Terrapins had 26 points in the paint and scored 8 points off the bench. Maryland did not score for the final 2:34 of the game.

The Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall crowd was into the game all game long and during a timeout midway through the first half new Indiana University Head Football Coach Curt Cignetti was introduced and he got the crowd fired up by saying “I don’t plan on taking a back seat to anybody. Purdue sucks, but so does Michigan and Ohio State, Go IU”.  Before Mike Woodson took questions in the post-game press conference, he wanted to make sure that he acknowledged the new man in charge of Indiana University Football.   “Want to shout out our new coach Curt (Cignetti) Welcome to Bloomington and couldn’t think of a better place to come” Head Coach Mike Woodson said after the game.

This was the earliest Big Ten game the Hoosiers have played since beating Northwestern 68-66 on December 1, 2018, in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Since the Big Ten Expanded to 14 teams all teams have played two conference games at start of December before finishing the non-conference and then going back to Conference play in January.  Head Coach Mike Woodson knows what lies ahead during a 20-game conference schedule. “It’s going to be this way every night, The Big Ten is tough. They let you play. So, if you don’t come and meet the challenge, you’ll be exposed as a team” Woodson said. The Hoosiers jumped out to a 13-4 lead with 14:54 left in the first half and led 40-28 at halftime and put Maryland on their heels the entire game.

The following is courtesy of University of Maryland Athletics

Double-Figure Factors

  • Jahmir Young reached double-figures for the seventh time this season and the 113th game of his career in which Young has reached double-figures. He also extended his consecutive games scoring streak to 129.
  • Julian Reese hit double-digits for the seventh time this season and the 36th time in his career. He has scored in double-figures in each of the last five games.

Scott Climbing the Charts

  • After scoring two points, Donta Scott increased his career total to 1,394 points and inched closer to No. 23 on Maryland’s all-time scoring list, a spot occupied by Dez Wells (1,398, 2012-15). 
  • Scott grabbed three rebounds to increase his career total to 737 rebounds. He now needs eight to pass No. 12 on the list, the legendary Len Bias, who had 745 from 1982-86. 
  • Scott played in his 137th career game as a Terp and is now tied for sixth most in program history alongside Mike Mardesich (1997-01). Scott also started his 122nd career game which ranks sixth-most in program history. 

Numbers To Know

  • 3: Caelum Swanton-Rodger recorded a career-high three blocks.
  • 7: Jahmir Young recorded his seventh double-figure scoring contest of 2023, most on the team.
  • 8: Jahari Long scored a season-high eight points.
  • 20: Jahmir Young dropped 20 points for the third time this season and the 44th time in his career.


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