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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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Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats

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Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats

WASHINGTON -- Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run homer, Vince Velasquez pitched five effective innings and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped Washington's six-game win streak with a 3-1 victory over the Nationals on Saturday.

Velasquez (2-4) allowed one run and one hit in his first win since April 7. He also struck out four, walked four and hit a batter.

Edubray Ramos, Tommy Hunter, Luis Garcia and Hector Neris then combined for four innings of one-hit relief. Neris earned his sixth save.

Trea Turner led off the Washington ninth with a walk and was running when Matt Wieters popped out to short right field. Turner, who slid into second, lost track of the ball and was easily doubled off first.

Wilmer Difo homered for Washington. Third baseman Anthony Rendon went 0 for 2 with two walks after missing 19 games with what the team called a contusion to his toe.

Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark (2-3) tied his season high with nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. He was charged with three runs and six hits.

Andrew Stevenson accounted for Washington's other hit, a one-out single in the sixth. Pedro Severino followed with a walk, but Ramos induced a double-play grounder from Rafael Bautista.

Cesar Hernandez opened the game with a single off Roark and Hoskins homered to center on a 3-2 pitch. It was his fifth of the season.

Maikel Franco provided an insurance run when he followed Carlos Santana's one-out triple with a single in the sixth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: RHP Ben Lively (lower back strain) threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session. Lively was placed on the disabled list April 27. ... Manager Gabe Kapler said RHP Pat Neshek (shoulder strain) will throw a bullpen session as the next step in his rehabilitation. Neshek has not appeared in a game this season.

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman was scratched from the lineup due to stiffness in his side, according to manager Dave Martinez. ... RHP Trevor Gott, who sprained an ankle in the sixth inning Friday night, is day to day.

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The winners of the last three NL Cy Young Awards square off when Philadelphia's Jake Arrieta (3-1, 3.49 ERA) opposes Max Scherzer (6-1, 1.79 ERA). Arrieta won the award in 2015 with the Cubs and Scherzer, the National League Pitcher of the Month for April, has claimed the honor each of the last two seasons.

Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.

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Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.