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Maryland fails to score in final six minutes, lose to Nebraska 67-65

Maryland fails to score in final six minutes, lose to Nebraska 67-65

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- If the start of Big Ten play is any indication, this could be a very special season for the Nebraska basketball team.

Tai Webster scored 18 points, and the Cornhuskers closed with a 14-0 run to beat Maryland 67-65 Sunday and end the Terrapins' six-game winning streak.

Nebraska trailed 65-53 with six minutes left before charging back behind Webster, who scored the game's final seven points.

Glynn Watson Jr. scored 17 for the Cornhuskers (8-6, 2-0), off to their best start in league play since the 2005-06 season.

"It was a really critical win," Nebraska coach Tim Miles said. "You don't get it without buying in, and these guys have bought into each other."

After losing half its 12 non-conference games -- including a defeat at home against Gardner-Webb -- Nebraska used a 54-point second half Wednesday to upset No. 16 Indiana, which had had won 26 straight at home.

That victory was no less shocking that this one, given that the Cornhuskers had yielded 17 straight points to a team that was 17-1 at home in the Big Ten since joining the league.

"We wanted to play better in moments like this, obviously, after not having the start of the season we wanted," Webster said.

A layup by Webster with 30 seconds left put Nebraska up 66-65. After the senior guard added a free throw with 17 seconds to go, Maryland still had a chance to salvage the victory. But Melo Trimble fired up an air ball with five seconds left and clanged a shot off the rim just before the buzzer.

Coach Mark Turgeon said, "I told our guys in a meeting yesterday, `You got to knock Nebraska out. They keep coming.' We never knocked them out."

Trimble, Maryland's scoring leader, finished with 14 points on 5-for-15 shooting and had three turnovers.

Freshman Kevin Huerter scored a career-high 26 points for the Terrapins (13-2, 1-1). Maryland's last basket was a jumper by Trimble in the paint with 6:43 remaining.

Earlier, the Terps appeared poised to win by virtue of a comeback of their own.

After Nebraska took a 41-33 lead early in the second half, Trimble hit a 3-pointer and Justin Jackson sank a layup to spark a 10-2 run that evened the score.

The Cornhuskers answered with successive layups, but would not score again over the next four minutes.

Maryland's 17-point surge included four-point plays by Trimble and Huerter. That made it 60-43, but the Terrapins added only five points the rest of the way.

"Did a lot of nice things," Turgeon said. "It's disappointing we let it get away."

Watson scored 12 points in the first half and the Cornhuskers went 4 for 5 from beyond the arc in taking a 34-30 lead.

Huerter kept the Terrapins close with 13 points, including six in a 10-0 run that erased a 26-19 deficit.

Maryland missed 11 of its first 13 field goal tries and shot 33 percent before the break.

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Maryland announces no positive COVID-19 results in recent test

Maryland announces no positive COVID-19 results in recent test

Maryland’s University Health Center initiated an on-campus screening for 227 student-athletes and staff on July 27th resulting in no positive tests for COVID-19. 

Maryland Athletics continues a phased approach to return student-athletes to campus, by working with the University Health Center to conduct regular COVID-19 testing. Overall to date, Maryland has tested 964 student-athletes, coaches and staff totaling only 12 positive tests.

Maryland is stable for now - but things are not looking as good for Big 10 rivals Rutgers and Michigan State as a COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread. The Michigan State football program announced on July 22nd football workouts were suspended after a staff member tested positive. Just three days later, the entire football team entered a 14-day quarantine after a second staff member and a player tested positive.

The Rutgers football team remains in isolation through Aug. 8th after positive tests skyrocket to 28 confirmed positive cases. That number nearly doubled from the 15 confirmed cases announced last week.

The Big Ten announced back in early July that it will play only conference games this year in football. Although the conference has yet to confirm when preseason training camps can begin. Given the current circumstances you can understand why.

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Former Terps star Melo Trimble wishes he left Maryland after his freshman year

Former Terps star Melo Trimble wishes he left Maryland after his freshman year

Melo Trimble arrived in College Park at a time when Maryland desperately needed him.

As a freshman, Trimble, along with then-senior Dez Wells, brought respect back to the Terps program, leading them to one of the best regular seasons in school history. Trimble led the Terps in scoring (16.2 ppg) and assists (3.9 apg), earning himself a spot on the All-Big-Ten first team.

The point guard had a decision to make after his stellar freshman season: to enter the NBA Draft or return to Maryland for his sophomore season. Trimble, who was projected to be a first-round pick had he departed in 2015, chose the latter, hoping to raise his stock by returning to a loaded Terps team for another year.

Five years later, the point guard admitted that he wished he had left for the NBA Draft after one season with Maryland.

"Unfortunately, freshman year I could’ve left and been in the NBA and probably still be there now," Trimble said on Anthony Cowan’s One Stop podcast. "I decided to stay in college [until] my junior year and looking back on it, of course, I wish I would have left, but it is what it is. That’s life."

As a sophomore, Trimble saw his per-game averages take a slight dip. However, to the point guard's defense, Trimble returned to a Maryland team that was, on paper, one of the most talented in program history.

The Terps entered the 2015-16 season ranked No. 7 in the country and had a lineup that featured Trimble, five-star freshman center Diamond Stone, former Duke star Rasheed Sulaimon, and current Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jake Layman. All that goes without mentioning Robert Carter, a power forward transfer from Georgia Tech, who was the team's second-leading scorer. Maryland reached the Sweet 16 that season before getting blown out by Kansas.

"They think freshman year I averaged 17, the next year I have to average 20," Trimble said. "My sophomore year was me, Rob Carter, Jake Layman, Rasheed Sulaimon. Like come on now, that’s the whole team right there with everybody scoring.

"I’m not going to go out there and have 18 points. I didn’t understand why people felt I had to be great, I mean I had to be great, but like another level from the year before as far as points-wise," Trimble continued. "I’m a point guard at the end of the day, my sophomore year I felt like I learned how to pass the ball. Freshman year I didn’t pass at all. Looking back on it, I’m kind of happy I did stay. I had to learn how to be a PG."

Trimble also said that another factor that weighed into his decision to stay at Maryland was the tight-knit brotherhood he formed with his teammates.

"At Maryland, it was like a brotherhood. We bonded well and it was like, 'I don’t want to leave this for some money,'" Trimble said. "At the time, the following year I could have got drafted as well. Certain things happen, I got hurt and it is what it is. It wasn’t easy to say I’m not going to go to the NBA and stay."

The point guard ended up returning for his junior season, too, as Maryland saw Stone, Sulaimon, Carter and Layman all depart for the draft following the 2015-16 season. The Terps had their share of ups and downs in 2016-17 but still earned a sixth seed in the NCAA Tournament. However, their time in March Madness was short-lived, as the Terps were bounced by 11th-seeded Xavier in the opening round.

After his junior season, Trimble had no reason to stay at Maryland anymore. He entered the draft, but all 60 picks went by without the Upper Marlboro native hearing his name. 

Trimble played for the Philadelphia 76ers summer league team in 2017 and joined the Minnesota Timberwolves that fall for training camp. He was one of the final players cut ahead of the season. Trimble spent his first year removed from Maryland playing for the Iowa Wolves of the NBA G-League but didn't have much overall success.

Over the past two years, Trimble has found plenty of success playing in the NBL in Australia, the same league that top draft prospects LaMelo Ball and R.J. Hampton played in last season. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Trimble had signed an agreement with the European club CB Estudiantes, one of the most recognized teams in Spain.

While the 25-year-old still has NBA aspirations, he knows those likely could have been fulfilled had he left school two years earlier than he did.

"I might be able to get there one day, I might not," Trimble said.

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