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Terps' Melo Trimble named one of 10 finalists for Bob Cousy Award

Terps' Melo Trimble named one of 10 finalists for Bob Cousy Award

Whether or not Maryland guard Melo Trimble will hear his name called during the NBA Draft is a matter of fierce debate.

But one thing is for sure: The junior is one of the top ten point guards in the country.

Trimble, who opted against the NBA Draft after his freshman season and saw his draft stock plummet during his sophomore campaign, is leading the way for the No. 17 Terrapins (17-2, 7-1) to the top of the Big Ten standings. Averaging 17.9 ppg on 45 percent shooting, Trimble is being recognized by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as one of the ten finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, which goes to the top point guard in the country.

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Trimble has scored at least double-digits in all but two games, and is the linchpin for a surprisingly strong Maryland team that went from no expectations to a possible Big Ten regular season championship.

The current crop of point guards is as good as it's been in a longtime, and while Trimble may not win the award, the recognition proves that Trimble responded to the adversity and is capable of being a big-time player.

Joining Trimble on the list are: Lonzo Ball, UCLA (Fy.), Joel Berry II, North Carolina (Jr.), Jalen Brunson, Villanova (Soph.), De'Aron Fox, Kentucky (Fy.), Markelle Fultz, Washington (Fy.), Monte Morris, Iowa (Sr.), Frank Mason, Kansas (Sr.), Dennis Smith, North Carolina State (Fy.), and Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga (Jr.).

RELATED: TRIMBLE NAMED TO WOODEN AWARD LIST

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Maryland rolls to 96-43 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore

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Maryland rolls to 96-43 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Anthony Cowan had 16 points and nine rebounds, Jared Nickens scored 15 and Maryland opened its home schedule with a 96-43 rout of Maryland-Eastern Shore on Sunday night.

Cowan scored eight points in a 17-0 run that gave the Terrapins (2-0) a 43-15 lead late in the first half. The 6-foot sophomore had 12 points, eight rebounds, two steals and a block before halftime.

Nickens made all five of his shots, including four from beyond the arc. Dion Wiley finished with 14 points and freshman Darryl Morsell added 12.

Coming off a comfortable win over Stony Brook on Friday, Maryland yielded the game's first basket before Wiley drilled successive 3-pointers to spark a 12-0 run.

Maryland shot 70 percent (14 for 20) from the floor in the first half and forced nine turnovers, including four by freshman Cameron Bacote.

Bacote led UMES (1-1) with 18 points. He had 28 points and 11 rebounds in the Hawks' opener against Valley Forge.

BIG PICTURE

UMES: Games like this make money for the program and help the Hawks get ready for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference slate. The UMES schedule includes road games against Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Iowa State and Creighton before league play begins in 2018.

Maryland: The Terrapins put five players in double figures for the second game in a row. Justin Jackson and Kevin Huerter are expected to be the go-to scorers this season, but they've not been needed thus far. Maryland will need that kind of balance when the competition gets tougher.

NOT A RIVALRY

The Terrapins are 18-0 against UMES in a series that began in 1979. This was the first game between the teams since 2015.

UP NEXT

UMES: Travels to St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night.

Maryland: Hosts Butler on Wednesday night in the second of four straight home games.

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No. 21 Michigan dominates Maryland in 1st half in 35-10 win

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No. 21 Michigan dominates Maryland in 1st half in 35-10 win

COLLEGE PARK, Md.  -- Brandon Peters threw two touchdown passes, Chris Evans ran for two scores and No. 21 Michigan dominated Maryland in the first half in a 35-10 victory Saturday.

The Wolverines (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) have won three straight. The Terrapins (4-6, 2-5) have lost five of six.

Before the second quarter was halfway over, Michigan had a 28-0 lead thanks to Peters' passing and some madcap miscues by Maryland.

Peters threw touchdown passes of 33 yards to Zach Gentry and 3 yards to Sean McKeon. Henry Poggi and Evans ran for scores. Evans, who scored from a yard out in the second quarter, added a 17-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

The Terrapins started their fourth quarterback of the season, Myles Brand, but unlike the previous three, couldn't come close to engineering a win. Brand was 16 for 35 for 136 yards.

In one particularly embarrassing sequence, Lorenzo Harrison badly overthrew Brand with lots of running room ahead of the quarterback, and three plays later, caught a pass from Brand and managed to lose 14 yards.

Trailing 14-0, Maryland tried a fake punt from its own 30. After Jaquille Veii gained just 3 yards and turned the ball over to Michigan, the Wolverines immediately scored on the 33-yard pass from Peters to Gentry.

After a 29-yard pass to Taivon Jacobs was overturned by replay, Michigan blocked Wade Lees' punt. Two plays later, Peters hit McKeon for a 3-yard pass, and the Wolverines' lead was 28-0 with 8:21 to play in the first half.

In the second half, Maryland scored on a 20-yard field goal by Henry Darmstadter and a 10-yard pass from Brand to Jacobs.