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Maryland tops UConn in NYC: 5 things you need to know


Maryland tops UConn in NYC: 5 things you need to know

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Big city, bright lights, not really a problem.

In another featured game on national television, this time at Madison Square Garden in New York City against a fringe Top-25 team, Maryland played -- all things considered -- its best start-to-finish game of the season in a 76-66 victory over Connecticut on Tuesday night.

Sophomore guard Melo Trimble led the way with 25 points, including 14-of-15 shooting from the free throw line. Freshman Diamond Stone was one rebound away from a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Here are five things you need to know.

1) Sticking with a successful starting lineup

Against St. Francis, putting Damonte Dodd in the starting lineup and bringing Diamond Stone off the bench jump-started the offense. Head coach Mark Turgeon stuck with it and it gave himself exactly what he would have wanted.

Once entering the game in place of Robert Carter, Jr., Stone had five points and four rebounds by the under-16 timeout. He had an and-one layup that sparked an outburst of emotion and confidence that we have not really seen from him this season.

2) Asserting themselves early

With help from that lineup, Connecticut had no answer for the Terrapins on the inside. Melo Trimble was dicing the defense by getting to the basket, then dishing to Stone for layups and slams.

After settling for jumpers on the first few possessions, Maryland made it a point to attack the basket off the bounce or by dumping it into the post and getting fouled. That supplemented their sub-par shooting effort in the first half to push them to a 16-point halftime lead.


3) Defense, defense, defense

Connecticut has no shortage of talented perimeter players, from Sterling Gibbs to Daniel Hamilton to Rodney Purvis to Jalen Adams. On top of that, Maryland struggled early in the season with perimeter defense.

Not an issue on Tuesday night. Connecticut scored just 22 points in the first half and shot 30.4 percent. Diamond Stone, who at times has struggled defensively, was able to guard UConn big man Amida Brimah -- much less an offensive talent than he is a defensive one. With that, nearly every possible trouble spot was accounted for.

4) Connecticut makes a second-half push

In the first four minutes of the second half, Maryland’s defense slipped into a rut of complacency. The lead was trimmed to nine by the 13-minute mark. The Connecticut-friendly crowd got louder. But a well-timed timeout by Turgeon helped to turn the tide and within about four minutes, Maryland had again pushed the lead to 16 points, 59-43.

Connecticut pushed back again, cutting the deficit to nine, 65-56, with 4:40 to play. Another stretch of terrific back-and-forth basketball saw Trimble hit a floater, then Purvis responded with a three to cut the Terrapins’ lead to six, 67-61.

5) A pivotal technical

After Daniel Hamilton made a three-pointer to cut the Maryland lead to just three points, 67-64, Connecticut guard Jalen Adams was called for a foul on the ensuing in-bound. Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie was displeased. Papers ended up on the playing floor when he swiped them off the scorers' table in anger and he was given a technical foul.

Trimble made three free throws, pushing the Maryland lead back to six points. The momentum was never in Connecticut’s favor again.

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun

Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.

Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.

McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.

After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.

In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, "Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team."

He added, "Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter."

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball


Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced earlier today that assistant coach Dustin Clark is parting ways with the program to pursue an opportunity in Texas with a family business. 

In three seasons as a full-time assistant, Clark was responsible for recruiting Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr., along with incoming freshman Aaron Wiggins. 

The 35-year-old also made a point to recruit overseas, spending much of his time at the Canaris Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, where he found former Terps center Michal Cekovsky and current redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic. 

Clark will become the second member of Turgeon's staff to leave the team following this past season. Nima Omidvar, who was brought on to replace Clark as director of basketball operations in 2014, walked away to become a full-time assistant coach at South Alabama in April. 

At the start of the 2018-19 season, Bino Ranson will be the only original member of Turgeon's staff. 

Matt Brady, who has had previous head coaching stints at James Madison and Marist, will replace Clark. 

In his eight years at JMU, Brady won 139 games and enjoyed four seasons with 20 wins or more. His 2012-13 team won the Colonial Athletic Association and reached the NCAA tournament. He finished with a 73-50 overall record after four seasons at Marist. 

The news comes after a season in which the team failed to make the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 19-13, including 8-10 in Big Ten play.