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Maryland upends Michigan State on last-second Trimble 3

Maryland upends Michigan State on last-second Trimble 3

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – All things being equal – and the teams in this game certainly were – the difference was Melo Trimble, the most talented player on the floor.

Trimble drilled a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left, and Maryland clinched a second-place tie in the Big Ten and a double-bye in the conference tournament by outlasting Michigan State 63-60 on Saturday.

After the Spartans committed a turnover under their own basket with 6 seconds to go, Terrapins freshman Justin Jackson received the inbounds pass from Trimble and immediately tossed it back to the team's leader, who dribbled up the left side of the court.

Trimble stopped short well beyond the arc, took aim and hit nothing but net.

"In money time, their junior, their superstar, not only did he score baskets but he made plays," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said.

Now in his third season at Maryland, Trimble chose to return for his junior year instead of applying for the NBA draft. His decision is one that Izzo laments and respects, all at the same time.

"Hat's off to him for sticking around and making sure that he got better each year," Izzo said. "I guess I'm happy for him. A lot of people look at what he's doing, and he's done it the right way. I told him I was proud of him."

Back when Trimble was a freshman, Izzo called him the "straw that stirs the drink" for Maryland.

The coach's updated assessment: "He stirred the drink. Now he's stirred it, made it and drank it."

After Trimble's 25-footer went through the hoop, Michigan State took a timeout. Miles Bridges then took a long shot just past midcourt that bounced off the rim.

Trimble scored 16 on 6-of-15 shooting and Jackson added 15 points for Maryland (24-7, 12-6), which will enter the Big Ten Tournament as the third seed.

On Maryland's final offensive play, Trimble considered driving to the basket with hopes of drawing a foul. Then he thought better of it

"I wasn't getting calls all game so I just let it go," Trimble said. "I think of myself as a great shooter. Obviously, I couldn't make every shot but I felt in a rhythm and I made it."

After breaking a three-game losing streak Tuesday at Rutgers, the Terrapins won a second straight game for the first time since Feb. 15. They will take that momentum into the conference tournament following a six-day break.

A celebration that began on the court continued in the locker room following an emotional victory.

"I couldn't be more proud of this group. We danced. We had fun," coach Mark Turgeon said. "I told Melo to drive it. He shot the 3. He made it. Really happy for him. And now we got our swagger back, feeling good about ourselves heading into the postseason."

Michigan State (18-13, 10-8) would have earned a double-bye with a victory. Instead, the Spartans will start play as a fifth seed -- or worse.

Nick Ward had 22 points and 16 rebounds for Michigan State (18-13, 10-8). But his turnover in the final seconds served as a prelude to Trimble's game-winning shot.

Izzo had nothing for praise for Ward and Bridges, who combined to score 40 of the Spartans' 60 points.

"Give Nick and Miles credit. They did what they needed to do," the coach said.

The back-and-forth game featured 18 lead changes and 10 ties.

Maryland led 55-51 before Ward scored the Spartans' next nine points to tie the game at 60. The 6-foot-8 forward started his personal run with two free throws, and after Jackson hit a 3-pointer to make it 58-53, Ward scored in the lane and added a three-point play.

Neither team scored from the time Ward made a layup with 3:11 remaining to Trimble's pivotal shot.

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Howard women's soccer officially wins the toilet paper juggle challenge

Howard women's soccer officially wins the toilet paper juggle challenge

Everyone can go ahead and stop posting their attempt at the toilet paper juggling challenge because Howard University women's soccer has officially won.

In a video posted Thursday, 23 members of the team can be seen juggling a roll of toilet paper and continuously passing it off to their teammates off-screen. 

In the age of coronavirus, social distancing and owning toilet paper rolls are some of the most prominent aspects of the pandemic. This particular toilet paper challenge combines them in a fun way. 

The toilet paper challenge began when bored pro athletes challenged each other to juggle a roll of toilet paper ten times in a row without it falling to the ground. Lionel Messi was one of the first to do it and the internet, as it does, took the idea and ran with it. 

It was fun to watch all the videos while the challenge lasted, but as we've already said, Howard has won this one. 

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March Madness Revisited: When George Washington made it back to the NCAA Tournament

March Madness Revisited: When George Washington made it back to the NCAA Tournament


As March winds down without its usual flurry of March Madness moments, NBC Sports Washington takes a look back at the smaller DMV schools and their most recent NCAA Tournament appearances.  

Despite some recent struggles, confidence was high in Foggy Bottom for the George Washington basketball program entering the 2013-14 season. 

“I thought we could be good,” former GW head coach Mike Lonergan told NBC Sports Washington. “I thought we could win 20 games and have a chance to make the NCAA Tournament.”

The Colonials had not been to the tournament since 2007 and finished under .500 the first two years after Lonergan arrived from Vermont. However, the Bowie, Md. native, a former head coach at Catholic and assistant at Maryland under Gary Williams, was bullish thanks to the addition of Indiana graduate transfer Maurice Creek. 

“I knew we needed someone like him,” Lonergan said. “I knew if he could play at even 80% that he would give us the scoring we needed.”

Creek averaged 16.4 points per game as a freshman at Indiana before numerous leg injuries derailed his time in Bloomington. The former Hoosier led the Colonials in scoring (14.1 ppg) that season. 

The moment of arrival for George Washington occurred Thanksgiving weekend in Anaheim. In the third place game of the Wooden Classic, the Colonials faced 20th-ranked Creighton. George Washington beat the Blue Jays, 60-53, and held eventual consensus first-team All-America Doug McDermott to a season-low seven points. 

“That’s when I knew we were pretty good because Creighton was fabulous,” Lonergan said. 

The Colonials were the only team that season to hold McDermott under double digits. That was the turning point in their season.  

After returning from California, the Colonials defeated Rutgers, Maryland, and Georgia even before beginning Atlantic 10 play. Creek buried a game-winning shot at the buzzer to defeat Maryland in the BB&T Classic, 77-75. 

“Everything we did started in the summer time,” Creek told NBC Sports Washington. “We believed in each other.”

George Washington finished the regular season with a 24-8 record and an 11-5 mark in conference play. On Selection Sunday, the Colonials emerged as the No. 9 seed in the East Region. Lonergan will never forget that feeling of that day. 

“It was definitely exciting,” Lonergan said. “When I got the job, I thought it was a five-year deal before we got really good. So we were ahead of schedule.”

George Washington headed to Raleigh, N.C. to play Memphis. Luck was not on the Colonials side that evening. In addition to second-leading scorer Kethan Savage being sidelined due to an injury, Creek needed stitches above his eye early in the game. 

Creek finished just 2-for-13 from the field. Senior Isaiah Armwood finished with a season-high 21 points but was called for his fourth foul with 12:02 to play in the second half. 

"It definitely changed my defense, because when I'm on defense, I'm usually active. I couldn't foul," Armwood said. 

The Colonials still had multiple chances to tie the game in the final minute down by three but came up short and ultimately lost to the Tigers, 71-66. 

“It was disappointing because we could really score and we only put up 66 [points] that game,” Lonergan recalled. 

Despite the disappointing loss, George Washington basketball looked healthy once again following a successful season. The Colonials won a school-record 28 games and the NIT two years later, but they are still searching for a return trip to the tournament with a rebuilding plan in place under new coach Jamion Christian. 

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