By Harry Allison
Jalen Smith’s first-half 3-point flurry helped stake Maryland to a double-digit lead and kept the 17th-ranked Terrapins close in the second half. And then he finished with a flourish.
After catching a pass from Anthony Cowan Jr. in the post, the sophomore forward scored on a layup with 14.5 seconds left to cap an improbable last-minute comeback for the Terps, who beat the Hoosiers 77-76.
“He’s walking around with a little bit more of a swagger between games. All of our guys are getting more confidence,” coach Mark Turgeon said after the Terps overcame a six-point deficit in the final 68 seconds. “But Stix (Smith) has really taken it to a new level.”
It’s made a difference.
Smith finished with 29 points, his second career high this week, and 11 rebounds. He was 4 of 6 on 3-pointers and 10 of 14 from