Morgan bounces back for Hoosiers — IU BASKETBALL

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IN is now 4-0 in those games, with three of those victories coming in the Big Ten. The Terrapins are coming off a 77-66 victory over Minnesota at the XFINITY Center Thursday.

It's something that the Hoosiers have talked about all season and refers to the last four minutes of each game.

Amid a stretch of seven games in 17 days, Monday's matchup against Maryland was the fourth game and third in Big Ten play that came down to five points or less. Maryland is led by Anthony Cowan (16.3 points), Kevin Huerter (14.1 points) and Justin Jackson (8.1 rebounds).

Junior forward Juwan Morgan led IU with 25 points, five rebounds and four assists.

The biggest play of the game came with 36 seconds left.

With a chance to tie after IN senior guard Josh Newkirk made two free throws, Maryland sophomore guard Anthony Cowan Jr. missed a 3-pointer from the left wing.

But no matter when the next game was played, Morgan was always back in the lineup. The Terrapins are also 5-2 ATS in their last seven following a straight-up win and the over is 6-1-1 in the last eight road games.

Last season he injured his foot against Rutgers on January 15 but still managed to get back in the game and play. He played, didn't have any issues physically and was the best player on the court. Morgan finished the contest with 25 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists while going an efficient 10-18 from the field.

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Cowan finished with 18 points on 18 shots, and Huerter finished with 16 points on 6-9 shooting. The Terps' game plan was to sag off Morgan, who struggles to shoot from 3-point range.

A lot must have changed in the next 24 hours, though, because not only did Morgan play Monday night against the Terrapins, but he was the major reason why the Hoosiers were able to come out on top.

It wasn't the first time a skilled big man like Morgan hurt the Terps this year.

Huerter had a double-double for the Terrapins with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Maryland connected on 51.85 percent of its shots in the opening half, as well as buried 5 of 10 3-pointers. The Terps miss Jackson the most on the defensive end. However, his most impressive play sealed the victory. He was 6-for-18 from the field and 1-for-6 from 3-point range, scoring 18 points. The Terrapins are averaging 76.8 points per game on offense this year while giving up 66.9 per contest on defense.

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He seemed to be rushing his shots, and after missing his first three 3-pointers, took an ill-advised 3-pointer late in the game early in the shot clock, with noone underneath. One of his blocked layups came after he tried to penetrate the teeth of the Hoosiers' defense because it was the only option remaining. He left to go to the locker room, returned to the Terps bench, but did not re-enter the game. Huerter's also an option on the wing for Cowan when he comes off of ball screens, which weren't working late.

This put tremendous pressure on Maryland's guards to keep them in the game.

He said after the game that when he woke up Saturday morning, he really didn't think he would be able to play on Monday.

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