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Melo Trimble on late charge call: "That wasn't a good one"


Melo Trimble on late charge call: "That wasn't a good one"

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - In the throes of a desperate comeback attempt in arguably the best college basketball game of the early 2015-16 season, Maryland point guard Melo Trimble found himself right in the middle of one of the NCAA's biggest quandaries: the charge call.

Driving the lane on a fast break with Rasheed Sulaimon to his left, Trimble passed to Sulaimon as he approached the top of the key. After releasing the ball, and taking at least a step, his body contacted North Carolina's Marcus Paige at the top of the key. Paige went down. Whistle. Charge on Trimble.

The arena erupted, the home crowd thrilled with the call that would erase a bucket for the Terps and give the Tar Heels a nine-point lead with three minutes to play. On Twitter, basketball fans screamed about the call, saying that the collision did not warrant a call, especially at such a critical juncture. 

After the game, Trimble was asked about the call. He held back for a second to answer, likely capturing his thoughts before saying too much.

"That wasn't a good one."

In a game played at the level of Tuesday night's Maryland/Carolina contest, the game did not hinge on any one call. The Terps did not lose because of the charge, but the momentum swing from that call did resonate.


Throughout the night, Trimble and Paige engaged in a tremendous battle. Trimble finished the game with 23 point to go with 12 assists, and eight turnovers, while Paige had 20 points and five assists in his first game of the season after dealing with a broken bone in his right hand.

After the game, Terps coach Mark Turgeon talked about how great Trimble played, "He's a winner. Melo's a winner. The guy's incredible."

Turgeon then defended his star's ability to protect the ball: "I thought he got tackled on four of his eight turnovers. 12 assists and four turnovers is the way I look at it."

Told his coaches comments, Trimble said he wasn't tackled, but that play was rough at times.

"Yeah, it was physical. I wouldn't say I got tackled, but, I mean" Trimble said, before trailing off. 

For the game, Trimble shot three free throws. For the season, Trimble averages six free throws per game. One of the best in the country at driving the lane, getting fouled and making his free throws, Trimble did not get as many calls as normal Tuesday night. Despite the disparity in free throw attempts, Trimble was electric for the Terps. Carolina coach Roy Williams said Trimble "put on a show out there from distance."

The stat book will say eight turnovers and one charge for Trimble. Turgeon, however, described Trimble in much simpler terms: "He was terrific."


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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.


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.


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


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.


"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.


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."


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.