COLLEGE PARK -- Only looking at the box score would give you a very different impression of the type of game Maryland sophomore Melo Trimble had against Penn State. He was 3-of-15 from the floor and had only 10 points, well down from his average on the season.
But that's not how head coach Mark Turgeon saw his point guard play in the Terrapins' 70-64 win on Wednesday night in College Park.
"I thought Melo was great," Turgeon said. "I mean, you look at his numbers and you say, 'How can you say that, Coach?' But he totally dictated the game in the second half.
"Of course, Diamond [Stone] had 39 [points]. Melo had a lot to do that assisting him or getting to the rim and on missed shots he would follow them up."
Trimble had six assists in the game to just two turnovers and, like Turgeon pointed out, his misses often became Stone offensive rebounds that functioned as a roundabout entry pass of sorts. Penn State was disorganized when shots went up off of Trimble penetration and Stone's effort on the glass paid off.
He had eight offensive rebounds on his way to that Maryland freshman record of 39 points.
This all goes back to what we've already known about Trimble this season. Now more than his freshman season, he understands what his team needs from him in a given situation. Yes, he took 15 shots, but who else besides Stone was doing any scoring?
More importantly, he set the pace and did not turn the ball over. The only way to win a game while shooting 33 percent from the floor as a team is if you are careful with the basketball. Players have off shooting nights. Trimble knew to protect the ball and get it to the hot hand, Stone. He hit two big threes that helped the late push, too.
So, in fairness, it might take some selective box-score reading to go as far as Turgeon did after Wednesday's win, but give him this -- Maryland does not win that game if Trimble were swapped out for anyone other than maybe a handful of point guards in the country.
For that, Maryland is grateful.