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The change you'll see in junior Melo Trimble, according to Turgeon

The change you'll see in junior Melo Trimble, according to Turgeon

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Mark Turgeon will readily admit that he and his staff did not expect point guard Melo Trimble to return for his junior season at Maryland. 

Twenty-one years old and projected by some to be taken in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft (though with a sliding stock), a real possibility existed that the Terrapins could be close to a rebuilding year if he chose to remain in the draft and force Turgeon to replace all five of his starters from the program's Sweet 16 team this past season.

But that all changed when Trimble informed Turgeon by phone on May 25 that he intended to return to College Park.

"We put our head down, we got lucky, and then we were blessed with Melo coming back," Turgeon said Thursday of his program's last-signing period success before throwing out the first pitch at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Not only is Trimble back, but Maryland added graduate transfer L.G. Gill, plus Top 50 Canadian forward Justin Jackson and 6-9 Spanish forward Joshua Tomaic to the roster.

"It helps give us a little momentum going into next year."

The question now is which version of Trimble Maryland gets as a junior. 

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He showed incredible flashes early in his sophomore campaign, looking like he had built on a stellar freshman season. He seemed almost assuredly NBA-bound after games like Dec. 1 against North Carolina when he dropped 23 points and added 12 assists.

But injuries and inconsistency down the stretch of the season changed the trajectory of his immediate pro future. The NBA Combine in Chicago did not move the needle for Trimble, nor did individual workouts with teams. Now, he returns to Maryland.

"I think he'll approach this year totally different than he did last year," Turgeon said. "I keep saying everything, last year Melo had a target on his back. This year, he's going to have a chip on his shoulder so I don't think he'll have the pressure on him that he had last year.

"Our team had a tremendous amount of pressure on us. I think he grew from that. Melo just needs to play for Maryland and be the best player he can for Maryland. The rest will take care of itself."

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

LINCOLN, Neb. -- James Palmer Jr. scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half, Isaiah Roby had all 11 of his after half, and Nebraska held off Maryland 70-66 on Tuesday night.

Palmer and Roby combined for 35 of the Cornhuskers' 40 second-half points, and they secured their first 20-win season since 2008. They won a sixth straight conference game for the first time in 20 years.

Palmer scored 15 straight points for the Huskers (20-8, 11-4 Big Ten) over a 10-minute span that ended when Roby hit one of two free throws with 2:57 left for a 64-59 lead. Roby had a double-double, with 10 rebounds, and he also blocked three shots.

The Terps (17-11, 6-9) had a chance to take the lead with a minute to play, but Glynn Watson Jr. blocked Anthony Cowan Jr.'s 3-point try, Evan Taylor came up with the loose ball and got it to Watson.

Watson missed a 3-pointer coming out of a timeout, and Roby got the rebound and was immediately fouled. He made both free throws for a 66-63 lead. Kevin Huerter's layin cut it to one point before Watson made two free throws.

Huerter went to the line with 2.8 seconds left, and after making the first free throw he intentionally missed the second. Palmer got the rebound, was fouled and put the game away with two free throws.

Bruno Fernando led the Terps with 21 points and nine rebounds. Huerter added 12 points and Darryl Morsell had 11.

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Maryland: The Terps' fading NCAA Tournament hopes might have been dashed with their seventh straight road loss.

Nebraska: The Huskers are resting firmly on the NCAA bubble and absolutely needed this win. They got it, thanks to Palmer and Roby's efforts in the second half.

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Maryland hosts Rutgers on Saturday. It's the teams' only meeting this season.

Nebraska visits Illinois. The Huskers beat the Illini 64-63 in Lincoln on Jan. 15.

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Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss

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Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Lamar Stevens feels like he's playing his most consistent basketball right now, a bad omen for upcoming opponents considering Penn State expects its hybrid forward to do a little bit of everything.

Just like he did on Wednesday.

Stevens scored 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting with 14 in the second half to lift Penn State over Maryland 74-70.

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"Lamar really stepped up for us," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "We needed every one of those points that he had tonight."

Tony Carr added 16 points, Josh Reaves scored 14, and Mike Watkins added 11 for the Nittany Lions (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten Conference), who equaled their previous best mark for conference victories under Chambers.

"The best teams always find ways to win," Stevens said. "We locked down when we had to, got huge stops, huge rebounds and I think that's a huge step for this team."

With Maryland (16-10, 5-8) up 20-14 midway through the first half, Stevens nailed his first of two 3-pointers to spark a quick 9-0 run that helped Penn State take control.

He rolled layups off his fingers and sank midrange jumpers on multiple back-to-back possessions in the second half, where he scored 11 of his team's first 20 points.

"He made some incredible, incredible shots," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "He was terrific, he was so efficient."

Stevens added four rebounds, two assists and was 3-for-4 on free throws with all three makes coming in the final 5:48 as Maryland threatened.

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Anthony Cowan Jr. led Maryland with 15 points while Kevin Huerter and Bruno Fernando added 13 apiece.

Darryl Morsell had 10 points for the Terrapins, who cut a 10-point deficit with 8:11 to play to just three with 1:13 left.

"I didn't think we competed in the first half defensively," Turgeon said. "I thought in the second half, we were really trying hard."

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: The Terrapins' disappointing season continues and they have dropped to 7-7 since stalwart forward Justin Jackson's season was ended by a torn shoulder ligament in late December. Although they shot better than their season average, the Terrapins were badly outplayed in the paint, getting outscored 32-22 and outrebounded 27-23.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions are playing an exciting brand of basketball as of late. They have a combined 22 dunks over their last three home games and opponents are finding it hard to play fast against a team that thrives on speed.