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Trimble stuns Wisconsin: 5 things you need to know


Trimble stuns Wisconsin: 5 things you need to know

Just when there was hope for Wisconsin, battling back to tie the game, 60-60, with under a minute to play in Madison, Maryland sophomore guard Melo Trimble slammed the brakes on a potential Badger upset.

After a game-tying three by the Badgers, Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon declined to call a timeout before the team's final possession and instead let his best player, Trimble, just play. Wisconsin guard Zak Showalter gave him enough of a cushion as time was winding down and he pulled up from just inside the “W” that stretches across mid-court with 1.2 seconds to play and he nailed it.

Maryland escaped with a 63-60 victory on the back of Trimble’s 21 points, five assists, and clutch shot-making down the stretch.

Here are 5 things you need to know.

1) Diamond Stone greeted by boos

As expected, Wisconsin native and long-time Badger target Diamond Stone was booed when he entered the game on Saturday in Madison and booed every subsequent time that he touched the basketball.

To his credit, he handled it pretty well. Though he missed his first jump shot (which was followed by cheers from the crowd), he followed up with a nice move off the pick-and-roll for a layup and another jumper.

He had those four points at the half, but had to sit the final five minutes of the first with two fouls.

2) Pace is slow

This is Wisconsin’s style. It won’t change. They make you defend for almost all 30 seconds and then manufacture some sort of shot. The result is a game that does not feel rushed -- so long as you don’t allow it to rush you. Maryland kept its cool in the first half, thanks largely to Melo Trimble’s coolness.

The sophomore point guard calmly surveyed the game, making some beautiful passes to teammates out of pick-and-roll sets while taking it himself on other occasions. He almost single-handedly make Damonte Dodd into a first-half All-American, dishing to him for easy finishes. Dodd had 9 points and 6 rebounds at the half.


3) Because of that pace, it’s always a game

Maryland seemed to be solidly in control with 6:46 to go, up seven points at 26-19. But that was because of the slow pace and low scoring output. Wisconsin responded with a 6-0 run in two minutes to make it a one-point game.

That is how games against Wisconsin can work. A nearly double-digit lead can slip away if you lose focus on two or three defensive or offensive possessions. Maryland held a 36-32 lead at the break.

4) Struggling offensively out of the break

Maryland started the second half 0-of-5 from the floor. Wisconsin’s defense was smothering, not allowing touches inside the paint. A Robert Carter, Jr., stretch began to open things up, though. He hit a three off a pick-and-roll with Trimble, then had a nice floater in the lane.

Wisconsin fought back and took a one-point lead, 47-46, with 10:01 to play.

5) Melo Trimble, the closer

Melo Trimble is like prime Mariano Rivera. You know he's coming. You know what he's gonna do. There’s still not much you can do about it.

With Maryland trailing by one point, he took it upon himself to go on a person 10-1 run to flip that into an eight-point Terrapins lead in the span of 2:10. Credit head coach Mark Turgeon, too. Out of a timeout with that one-point deficit, there were two straight possessions where Maryland ran nothing but screens for Trimble trying to get him open for a look from three.

He hit on the second possession and that got things rolling.

Not only that, but he followed the 10-1 run up with a beautiful pocket pass to Diamond Stone off a pick-and-roll for a dunk that extended the lead. As Wisconsin fought back, Trimble seemed to be plotting his next time to strike.

On the game’s final possession, he did, hitting the enormous shot to cap it.

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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.