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:
Let's just call this "The Shot," courtesy of @TerrapinHoops star Melo Trimble. https://t.co/7tI78Amngl
— Maryland On BTN (@MarylandOnBTN) January 9, 2016
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.