Sunday’s roundup: Indiana grabs top seed; Ferris wins GLIAC
Indianapolis — Indiana’s Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell closed out his Assembly Hall career 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.
The 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.
“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.”
Hoosiers fans are hoping Ferrell’s not finished yet, either.
The sellout crowd hooted and hollered Sunday as Ferrell dribbled past and around Maryland defenders and oohed and aahed when Ferrell dazzled them with those magical ball skills one more time.
But, unlike three years ago when the Hoosiers also celebrated an outright Big Ten crown despite a Senior Day loss, there were no regrets this time.
Indiana (25-6, 15-3) 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 Maryland (24-7, 12-6) to get closer than nine in the second half.
The Terrapins were led by Melo Trimble, who had 17 points, and Robert Carter, who had four points and seven rebounds. They just didn’t have enough to hang with the Hoosiers after watching an early eight-point lead disappear.
Yes, Ferrell, Williams and their teammates made it look awfully easy against the conference’s preseason favorite.
“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 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.”
More Big Ten men
(At) No. 15 Purdue 91, Wisconsin 80: Freshman Caleb Swanigan scored a career-high 27 points and sophomore P.J. Thompson also set a career best with 22 for Purdue.
A.J. Hammons added 16 points and Vince Edwards had 11 for the Boilermakers (24-7, 12-6), who forced a four-way tie for third place in the Big Ten with Maryland, Iowa and Wisconsin.
Purdue earned the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten tournament and will play in Friday’s second semifinal against an opponent to be determined.
Nigel Hayes led Wisconsin (20-11, 12-6) with 30 points, including 18 in the second half. The Badgers earned the No. 6 seed in the conference tournament and will play Thursday in Indianapolis’ Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Badgers, who had a four-game winning streak snapped, are the reigning Big Ten tournament champs.
(At) Northwestern 65, Nebraska 54: Alex Olah scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Northwestern in its regular-season finale.
Tre Demps added 17 points for the Wildcats (20-11, 8-10), who secured the ninth seed and a first-round bye in next week’s Big Ten tournament with its third straight win, setting a school record for victories in a regular season.
Tai Webster and Andrew White III scored 13 points apiece for the Cornhuskers (14-17, 6-12), who ended up with the 11th seed. Shavon Shields added 11 points.
(At) Penn State 86, Illinois State 79 (2OT): Shep Garner scored 22 and Penn State hung on through two overtime periods.
Brandon Taylor added 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Nittany Lions (16-15, 7-11 Big Ten), who secured a first-round bye in the Big Ten tournament for the first time in program history.
Malcolm Hill scored 24 of his 39 points in the second half and added 13 rebounds for the Fighting Illini (13-18, 5-13), who faced a 10-point deficit with just over 12 minutes to play.
Top 25 men
Cincinnati 61, No. 24 SMU 54: Troy Caupain scored 14 points despite missing all of his six shots from beyond the arc and Cincinnati overcame poor shooting to end SMU’s season.
The Bearcats (22-9, 12-6 American Athletic) held on despite shooting 29.5 percent from the field overall, including 1-of-19 from beyond the arc. They made a difference at the free throw line, going 24-of-30.
Ben Moore had 12 points and 10 rebounds for SMU (25-5, 13-5), which is banned from postseason play.
UNC-Asheville 77, Winthrop 68: Dwayne Sutton had 25 points and 18 rebounds to help UNC-Asheville win the Big South Tournament and earn the program’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2012.
Northern Iowa 56, Evansville 54: Wes Washpun’s jumper from the top of the key bounced high off the back of the rim and fell in at the buzzer and Northern Iowa survived after squandering a 17-point lead to win the Missouri Valley Conference title game.
Florida Gulf Coast 80, Stetston 78: Antravious Simmons scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, Zach Johnson capped his 19-point effort by blocking a potential game-tying shot at the rim with four seconds left, and FGCU won the Atlantic Sun Conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
No. 6 Ferris State 76, No. 8 Walsh 59: Quentin Ruff came off the bench to score 12 as Ferris State won its second straight conference tournament title.
Noah King and Jared Stolicker had 11 points apiece and Josh Flemming had 10 for the Bulldogs (21-9).
Jesse Hardin scored 23 for Walsh (16-12).
No. 1 Ashland 70, No. 6 Grand Valley State 53: Andi Daugherty and McKenzie Miller scored 17 and 12 points, respectively, for the host Eagles (29-1), who jumped out to a 21-7 lead.
Janae Langs and Kayla Dawson scored 11 apiece for Grand Valley (22-8).