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Melo Trimble leads Maryland to win over Jacksonville State

Melo Trimble leads Maryland to win over Jacksonville State

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Melo Trimble took the same kind of shots he's been firing up all season.

The difference was that almost all of them went in, and the result was a 23-point performance that carried Maryland past Jacksonville State 92-66 Monday night.

Trimble went 6 for 7 from the field, including 4 for 5 from beyond the arc, and was 7 for 7 at the foul line. His only miss of the night came with just over seven minutes left, and the junior guard followed with a 3-pointer that made it 76-58.

The sharpshooting performance followed successive outings in which Trimble went 4 for 13, 4 for 12, 4 for 8 and 2 for 4.

"It's good to see Melo shoot it well," coach Mark Turgeon said. "It's amazing, when a shot goes in it makes everything look better. Melo's been taking good shots for the most part ... but a lot of shots have been rolling out. It just doesn't feel right. But today they rolled in."

Trimble figured it was only a matter of time until his shot found the bottom of the net.

"I had no doubt in my mind that I'd have one of these games," he said. "I've been in the gym early, getting extra shots, staying after practice. I knew they were going to start falling. Just got to stick with it, stay confident."

Trimble was so on target, Jacksonville State first-year coach Ray Harper couldn't remember the one that clanged off the rim.

"I missed that one," Harper said. "I must have been turned around when he missed it. He poses problems. He's an awfully good player. You've got to think he'll miss every now and then. Tonight, he didn't. It was his night."

Michal Cekovsky scored 15 and freshman Justin Jackson had 12 points and six rebounds for the Terrapins (11-1), who took control late in the first half and received little resistance over the final 20 minutes. Maryland had six players score in double figures for the first time since February 2013, against Wake Forest.

Jacara Cross and Greg Tucker each scored 10 points for Jacksonville State (5-6). The Gamecocks, of the Ohio Valley Conference, were outscored at the foul line 27-12 and had two players foul out.

"Foul trouble just killed us," Harper said. "They shot (35) free throws. That's a lot to overcome."

Trimble scored 15 in the first half, going 5 for 5 from the field with two free throws.

The Terrapins trailed 17-14 before Trimble made a layup and a 3-pointer in a 19-3 run that turned the game around. Five different players scored in the spree, which helped provide Maryland a 42-29 lead at the break.

"They turned up the pressure a little bit," Tucker said. "We went through a little period that we couldn't score and that hurt us.'

Trimble opened the second half by making a pair of technical foul shots and Jackson added a 3-pointer to put the Terps up by 18.

The margin swelled to 20 points with 16 minutes left before the Gamecocks used a 14-4 run to get within 10. But that's as close at it got in the second half.

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Richmond Spiders lose leading scorer Blake Francis for 4-6 weeks

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Richmond Spiders lose leading scorer Blake Francis for 4-6 weeks

Richmond Spiders' Blake Francis will miss four to six weeks after fracturing his sternum, the team announced on Thursday.

The injury occurred at the end of the Spiders' contest against Saint Louis on Jan. 11. Francis fell to the floor to save a loose ball when opposing Bilikins dove onto a dogpile to recover the possession themselves. 

If Francis is out for the full six weeks, he would return during the final week of the regular season. It would give the guard a tuneup game before they play in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. 

The loss of Francis for the majority of the Atlantic 10 conference season cannot be overstated. A transfer from Wagner, Francis is the No. 2 guard in the Spiders lineup and putting out 17 points a game. Immediately he had an impact for the Spiders and was named a starter for his first game in Richmond. 

His scoring threat has allowed other stars Jacob Gilyard and Grant Golden to flourish. An aspect of the offense that was missing last year. 

At 13-4, the Spiders were still in NCAA Tournament consideration before the injury. They have one of the better records in the league and tough road victories at Rhode Island and Davidson to their credit. However, there is no wiggle room for the Spiders and they probably cannot afford another loss to anyone not named Dayton or VCU. 

Without Francis, they'll have to supplement the offense elsewhere if they want any chance to return to the big dance in March. 

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Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente takes himself out of running for Baylor job

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Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente takes himself out of running for Baylor job

Virginia Tech fans can breathe a sigh of relief today, as head coach football coach Justin Fuente has decided to stay in Blacksburg, according to Andrea Adelson

Fuente had emerged as a top candidate to replace Matt Rhule at Baylor, but he took himself out of the running and will look to improve on a strong close to the 2019 season for the Hokies. 

Fuente just finished replacing a number of defensive assistants. He hired a new cornerbacks coach Tuesday and promoted Justin Hamilton to defensive coordinator after Bud Foster retired. 

While a bad loss to Virginia at the end of the regular season and a heartbreaking loss in the bowl game to Kentucky could paint the season as a failure, finishing 8-5 after early-season struggles is a victory in and of itself.

Heading into next season, Virginia Tech fans have to feel good about the state of their team. The head coach is back and they seemed to find a rising star at quarterback in Hendon Hooker. 

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