Melo Trimble Goes Bonkers, Terps Beat ASU 78-73

Featured, Sports and Bets — November 24, 2014 at 11:35 pm by

Hello, Melo.

Melo Trimble introduced himself to the college basketball world tonight with a 31 point monster performance that showed why the young point guard was so hyped coming into school this fall.  Trimble’s 31 points almost broke Joe Smith’s (33 points) single game scoring mark for a freshman Terp.  (ESPN and Maryland initially reported that Trimble had broke the record, but he had in fact not done so.) Melo looked smooth, in control, and utterly fearless.  He’s also got the clutch gene , as he hit two free throws to tie the game with 1:22 left in the game and then sank two more with 0:18 seconds left to ice the game.  It was an absolutely huge performance and it helped push Maryland past a tough Arizona State squad.

But Melo didn’t do it alone.  Dez Wells, despite shooting just 7 for 18 on the night, hit several key shots down the stretch in a contest that was tight from the tip.  Wells had several isolation plays called for him late in the second half, including a few out of timeouts, and he answered the bell every time.  Dez scored eight of the last Maryland 17 points and he assisted on a huge Melo Trimble three that gave Maryland a 69-68 lead with 3:33 remaining.  Maryland would lose the lead two more times in the final two minutes of the game, but they would battle back both times, first on a Dez Wells bucket and the second time on the aforementioned Trimble foul shots.  It was a gutty and clutch win and it was the kind of game that Maryland would have lost last year.

All last season, the Terps were desperate for another leader to go with the leadership of Dez Wells.  Maybe Coach Turgeon has found that guy in Melo Trimble. It’s only one game and Arizona State isn’t the 1988 Los Angeles Lakers, but Trimble showed a lot of cool and a lot of moxie against the best team Maryland has yet faced this season.  Tomorrow night’s game will tell us more, especially if #13 Iowa State advances to the finals of this CBE Hall of Fame Classic, but as a Maryland fan, you have got be happy with what you see so far from this young group.

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Other Game Notes

Jake Layman is playing well.  Layman scored 12 points on 5 of 8 shooting.  He is now shooting 20-28 on the season, which maths out to 71% from the field.  Maybe he should shoot more, babes.

Dion Wiley had 8 points off the bench, including two three-pointers.  This guy can shoot as can the other freshman ace, Jared Nickens. Nickens didn’t score tonight, but he had 13 versus Fordham last week.  Both can fill it off the bench.

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Richaud Pack went 0-6 from the field and only scored 1 point, but he had four boards, three assists, and one steal.  He does a lot to make others better.  I love this guy, he’s very Bryon Mouton-ish.

Dez Wells led Maryland rebounders with eight.  That’s probably not a good sign.  Although, the Terps did out-board the Sun Devils 34-24 tonight.

ASU was money from three. They hit 14 of 27 from beyond the arc.  (51.9%) But they were a disaster from the foul line, shooting 64.3% from the charity stripe.  Do those numbers make sense to anyone?

Now the Terps will face the Iowa State/Alabama winner on Tuesday night..  Iowa State is winning late.

Go Terps!

 

stats: ESPN

 

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