Terp-Freakin’-Tastic! Turtles Outlast Spartans In 2 OT Ball-Cruncher.

Sports and Bets — December 30, 2014 at 10:21 pm by

Man, oh man, it was ugly early.  But what began as one of the worst displays of Division One basketball that you’ll ever see, slowly morphed into an exciting, toe-nail biting. ball-crunching, Big 10 thriller.  Maryland’s 68-66 double-overtime win Tuesday night was an incredible way to tip things off in their inaugural Big 10 conference game.  Not only did the game end up being fun to watch, but it put the Big 10 and the rest of the country on notice.  Maryland is for real, and with the grit and determination they showed in tonight’s game- one could get the feeling that the sky’s the limit for this young and talented group.

Going against perennial powerhouse Michigan State, Maryland had to know that this game would be a test of defensive will.  How defensive the game began was, however, borderline ridiculous, as neither team could score.  Hell, these dudes couldn’t have thrown the ball in the ocean if they’d have been standing on the goddamn beach.   Nothing was falling on either side.  With 3:47 left in the first half the score was 11-6, Terps.  Ugh.  At the break Maryland led 17-14.  It was hideous.

But things loosened up for both clubs after the half.  The game still had a sloppy feel to it, but things called shots started to fall.  The game went back and forth, with both clubs grabbing and losing the lead multiple times.  The refs became involved, seemingly calling every foul imaginable on what felt like almost every series.  With 11 seconds left, Maryland was down three, 48-45, with possession.  Then Dez did this:

Dez being Dez

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  That sent the game into OT, babes.  After the Spartans missed a three at the end of the first extra period, the teams danced again in double-OT.  Maryland would score eleven of their 13 points in double OT from the foul line.  The one they didn’t score that way went like this….  

Dez just gotta be Dez

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That dunk made it 60-57, Terps, with 2:42 left.  Maryland would never give the lead back and would make eight of eight free-throws down the stretch to win it. (Melo Trimble made all six of his FT attempts in the second OT.)

This was a big ass win for the Terps and I couldn’t be more happy for myself and the rest of Terps Nation.

Game Notes

Melo Trimble had an interesting and gutsy night.  He was outplayed ,for the most part, by MSU guard Travis Trice (Trice scored 26 with 7 assists.), but Melo hung in there and kept going to the hole.  Trimble led Maryland with 17 points, but he only shot 2 of 13 from the field, and 1 of 8 from three-point land. But he made his living at the foul line, going 12 of 14 from the stripe.  He just kept driving the lane and he kept getting hacked.  He showed toughness and leadership tonight- big time.

Dez was Dez.  He had 16 and the two biggest shots of the night. (See above, babes.)

Jake Layman had a tough night with only four points.  He got into foul trouble and struggled to get into a rhythm.  But he pulled nine boards.

Evan Smotrycz had quality minutes with 9 and 8 off the bench.  He hit a big three too. (Though he did foul out.)

Damonte Dodd and John Graham played great tonight.  Graham scored 7 and just hustled his ass off.  Dodd pulled down 6 boards and blocked two shots to go along with his four points.

The Terps out-rebounded the Spartans, 52-36.  That is my favorite stat of the night.

The Terps shot only 33.3% from the field.  They were only 4 of 22 from three.  But they shot 81% (26-32) from the line.  That was the difference.  So clutch.

The game had 13 lead changes and was tied 8 times. (espn)

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it was good to hear Dickie V. call the game.

Thought the officiating was a little tight?  Or maybe that it sucked?  NFL referee Gene Steratore is also a Big 10 basketball ref and he did tonight’s game.  Just sayin’.

Terps come back home to face Minnesota on Saturday at Noon.

Let’s Go000000 Maryland!

tt

stats: espn

cover: wusa

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