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Melo Trimble hits last-second, game-winning 3 to lift Terps over Badgers


Melo Trimble hits last-second, game-winning 3 to lift Terps over Badgers

Melo Trimble is darn good at basketball.

Maryland's sophomore star answered a game-tying 3-pointer by Wisconsin's Bronson Koenig with a game-winning 3-pointer with one second left on the clock to give the Terps a 63-60 win over the Badgers on Saturday afternoon in Madison.

Trimble's final three points were the game's biggest, part of a terrific 21-point performance by the Big Ten's preseason player of the year.

Check out the game-winner:

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The Terps shot lights-out in the first half, 59.3 percent thanks to a bunch of high-percentage shots. But despite that, they led by just four at halftime. Maryland didn't make any 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes, only attempting two. Wisconsin got a combined 22 points from Nigel Hayes and Ethan Happ in the first half.

Happ was the story early in the second half, as the Badgers clamped down on defense to tighten the game. It took the Terps more than six minutes to hit their first shot of the second half, all the while Happ scoring eight points in the half's first eight minutes. But while Happ looked strong and the Wisconsin defense was even better, the Badgers couldn't capitalize too much, missing shot after shot.

After a Koenig 3-pointer put Wisconsin in front, 47-46, Trimble took over. He hit a 3, scored a fastbreak layup off a Robert Carter steal, converted a sensational driving layup and hit another 3 to go on a personal 10-1 run to give Maryland its biggest lead of the game at 56-48. The Badgers' cold shooting didn't help, and they made just one basket over a nearly nine-minute stretch starting at the midway point of the second half.

With a minute and a half to play, the Terps still led by eight. But Zak Showalter got a layup and a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to just three. After Rasheed Sulaimon missed a free throw, Koenig hit his game-tying triple with 23 second to go. But Trimble followed with his cold-blooded game-winner to give the Terps the road win.

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Maryland shot 52.1 percent from the field on the game, Wisconsin shooting just 38.7 percent. Neither team was very good from 3-point range, the Terps going 4-for-11 and the Badgers going 7-for-21. The Badgers struggled from the free-throw line, too, going just 5-for-11.

Trimble finished with a game-high 21 points and added five assists. Carter had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Diamond Stone scored 11 points in his return to his home state.

Hayes scored 17 points for the Badgers. Happ finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double. Koenig ended with 13 points.

Maryland extended its perfect start to conference play with the win, moving to 4-0 in the Big Ten and 14-1 on the season. A visit to Michigan comes Tuesday.

Wisconsin dropped to 1-3 in league play with the loss, 9-8 on the season. Next up is a Tuesday trip to Northwestern.

Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately


Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately

Tough news out of Evanston this morning: Northwestern announced that running back Jeremy Larkin will retire immediately after being diagnosed with cervical stenosis.

Cervical stenois is the narrowing of the spinal canal in one's neck, according to Mayo Clinic. Larkin's condition is thankfully not life-threatening, though it does prevent him from continuing to participate in the game of football. 

"Football has been a lifelong passion and it has been a process to reconcile the fact I won't be on that field again, given I've played this game since I was five years old," Larkin said.

"I'm extremely appreciative of the Northwestern sports medicine and athletic training staffs for uncovering this condition, and for my coaches and the medical staff for always putting my health first.

"I came to this University to engage at the absolute highest level on the field and in the classroom, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue one of those while supporting my teammates from the sideline." 

Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald called the news "heartbreaking."

"This is heartbreaking because I see every day how much Jeremy loves the game, loves his teammates, and loves to compete," Fitzgerald said in a statement. "But this is the absolute best possible outcome for him.

"The discovery of this condition allowed Jeremy and his family to make an informed decision for his long-term health and well-being. For those of us who have known Jeremy Larkin since his high school days, his future is exceptionally bright. I can't wait to see the impact he makes in our world."

Larkin is a sophomore from Cincinnati. He finishes his Northwestern career with 156 carries for 849 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal


Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.

Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.

As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.

Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.

The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.