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How Melo Trimble was still 'great' despite 3-of-15 shooting


How Melo Trimble was still 'great' despite 3-of-15 shooting

COLLEGE PARK -- Only looking at the box score would give you a very different impression of the type of game Maryland sophomore Melo Trimble had against Penn State. He was 3-of-15 from the floor and had only 10 points, well down from his average on the season. 

But that's not how head coach Mark Turgeon saw his point guard play in the Terrapins' 70-64 win on Wednesday night in College Park.

"I thought Melo was great," Turgeon said. "I mean, you look at his numbers and you say, 'How can you say that, Coach?' But he totally dictated the game in the second half. 

"Of course, Diamond [Stone] had 39 [points]. Melo had a lot to do that assisting him or getting to the rim and on missed shots he would follow them up."

Trimble had six assists in the game to just two turnovers and, like Turgeon pointed out, his misses often became Stone offensive rebounds that functioned as a roundabout entry pass of sorts. Penn State was disorganized when shots went up off of Trimble penetration and Stone's effort on the glass paid off.


He had eight offensive rebounds on his way to that Maryland freshman record of 39 points. 

This all goes back to what we've already known about Trimble this season. Now more than his freshman season, he understands what his team needs from him in a given situation. Yes, he took 15 shots, but who else besides Stone was doing any scoring? 

More importantly, he set the pace and did not turn the ball over. The only way to win a game while shooting 33 percent from the floor as a team is if you are careful with the basketball. Players have off shooting nights. Trimble knew to protect the ball and get it to the hot hand, Stone. He hit two big threes that helped the late push, too.

So, in fairness, it might take some selective box-score reading to go as far as Turgeon did after Wednesday's win, but give him this -- Maryland does not win that game if Trimble were swapped out for anyone other than maybe a handful of point guards in the country.

For that, Maryland is grateful.

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Anthony Cowan highlights an ugly Terps start, hits historic milestone against Loyola Chicago


Anthony Cowan highlights an ugly Terps start, hits historic milestone against Loyola Chicago

BALTIMORE -- Anthony Cowan scored 17 points and No. 23 Maryland overcame a sluggish start to beat Loyola of Chicago 55-41 on Saturday.

Cowan became the 55th player in Maryland history to score 1,000 career points, hitting the milestone with a free throw in the first half. He has 1,010 for his career. Aaron Wiggins added 10 points for the Terrapins (8-2).

Cameron Krutwig scored 12 points for the short-handed Ramblers (5-5), who have lost four of five.

Maryland won despite getting modest contributions from its imposing frontcourt. Sophomore Bruno Fernando and freshman Jalen Smith each picked up two fouls in the first half, and the pair combined for two points and two rebounds in 10 minutes as the Terps carried a 24-20 lead into halftime.

The 6-foot-10, 240-pound Fernando, who was averaging 14.7 points and 10.3 rebounds coming into the game, finished with eight points and five rebounds. The 6-10 Smith had one point and three rebounds in his first college game in his hometown.

Cowan and Fernando scored on Maryland's first two possessions of the second half, and Cowan added a 3-pointer to make it 31-22 with 17:03 to go. Loyola never got closer than six points the rest of the way.

The game was the second half of a doubleheader in the Charm City Classic. Morgan State defeated Towson 74-69 in the opener.


Loyola of Chicago: The Ramblers dressed only eight scholarship players because guards Bruno Skokna and Lucas Williamson remain out with injuries. Loyola has lost both of its games against power conference teams this season (Boston College and Maryland).

Maryland: Two days after sputtering down the stretch in a loss at Purdue, the Terps needed time for their offense to emerge from the doldrums. Maryland improved to 3-0 under coach Mark Turgeon in games played in Baltimore.


Loyola of Chicago enters a week-long exam break and won't play until Dec. 16, when it entertains Norfolk State.

Maryland hosts Loyola (Md.) on Tuesday in the teams' first meeting since 2003.


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Maryland hires Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley as head coach

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Maryland hires Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley as head coach

Maryland's search for a new head football coach has come to an end, as the school announced the hiring of Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley Tuesday.

Stadium's Brett McMurphy was first to report the Locksley hiring

The 2018 Broyles Award winner for the nation's top assistant coach, Locksley has spent the last three seasons on Nick Saban's staff. Locksley was a member of Maryland's offensive staff from 1997-2002, returning to the Terrapins in 2012 as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He took over as Maryland's interim coach for the last six games of the 2015 season before departing for Alabama. 

“I am thrilled to be returning home and to have the opportunity to lead the Maryland Football program,” Locksley said in a Maryland press release. “This has always been a special place for me and my family, and I am honored to take on this role at the state’s flagship institution. Our goal is to create an atmosphere and environment focused on the total development of our student-athletes. Our focus will always be to help them become more successful in all areas of their life through their association with our program."

Locksley's record as a head coach is far from impressive: he compiled a 2-26 mark while at New Mexico from 2009-11, and only won one of those final six games as the interim coach for the Terps in 2015. But Locksley has a good reputation as an offensive tactician and recruiter.

“As we narrowed the search for the individual best suited to lead our program, Michael not only stood out for his talent as a coach, but most importantly for the role he has played as a mentor to student-athletes throughout his career and his deep commitment to helping them grow into leaders on and off the field,” Maryland athletic director Damon Evans said in the university's release.

“On the field, Michael orchestrated one of the country’s most prolific offenses at the University of Alabama and has long been regarded for his recruiting prowess. Today he was recognized as the nation’s top assistant coach in the country, and I’m excited for him to be leading our program.”