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  • Associated Press Indiana’s James Blackmon Jr. scores against Maryland during the first half of Tuesday’s game in College Park, Md. Blackmon scored 22 points in the loss, becoming the 50th player in IU history to score 1,000 points.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 10:02 pm

Hoosiers come up short in back-and-forth game

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Robert Johnson’s 3-pointer hit off the rim as time expired, and Indiana lost at Maryland in its first Big Ten road game of the season.

Melo Trimble scored 18 points and Anthony Cowan 15 as the Terrapins held on for a 75-72 win Tuesday night at the Xfinity Center.

The Hoosiers (11-6, 1-3 Big Ten) pulled within 73-72 on a dunk by OG Anunoby and intentionally fouled Trimble, who made both free throws with 8.2 seconds left to force Indiana into needing a 3-pointer to reach overtime.

Former Bishop Luers star James Blackmon Jr. had 22 points to become the 50th player in IU history to reach the career 1,000-point mark.

Maryland (15-2, 3-1) shot 44 percent to the Hoosiers’ 42 percent in a game which featured nine ties and 15 lead changes.

Kevin Huerter’s 3-pointer from the left wing capped Maryland’s 7-0 run for a 66-63 lead, but Blackmon responded by driving by Huerter for a basket and then drilling a 3 to give Indiana a 68-66 edge entering a time­out with 3:28 to play.

Damonte Dodd’s putback tied it at 68, and after Indiana came up empty on the ensuing possession, Dodd committed a loose-ball foul that put Juwan Morgan on the free-throw line. Morgan made both for a 70-68 edge with 2:03 showing.

At 1:46, Huerter connected on another 3 to give Maryland the lead for good.

Robert Johnson finished with 13 points for the Hoosiers.

The Hoosiers wore their special uniforms from the season opener at the Armed Forces Classic, with "Courage" inscribed on the back to honor members of the military. In a pregame press release, the Hoosiers said the jerseys were brought back because they were "playing so close to our nation’s capital."