Maryland holds off Indiana in “Throwback Night” rematch

In Maryland’s first meeting with Indiana at Assembly Hall in Bloomington on Jan. 22, the Hoosiers lit up the Terrapins to the tune of 15 of 22 from three-point range on the way to an 89-70 win. Junior point guard, Yogi Farrell of the Hoosiers hit seven three-pointers on his way to a 24- point night. On Feb. 11, the Terps chose to take a trip down memory lane, this time creating more pleasant memories of the former matchup matchup with Indiana.

Dez Wells and Melo Trimble each scored 18 points, and Maryland held off another upset bid for a 68-66 win on “Throwback Night” in the rematch against Indiana at Xfinity Center in College Park. Fans were encouraged to wear merchandise from the 2001-2002 season, when Maryland beat Indiana 64-52 in the national championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Prices at the concession stands were even rolled back to where they were that season.

The crowd of 15,304 loudly booed the Hoosiers when they took the court for the start of the game. Freshman forward Damonte Dodd sent a message on the defensive end, blocking three shots in the first half, and guard Richaud Pack added two blocks of his own. That didn’t deter Farrell, who picked up right where he left off in Bloomington by hitting a pair of threes that beat the shot clock buzzer. In a back-and-forth first half,

Evan Smotrycz and Melo Trimble helped Maryland get a little bit of breathing room by hitting threes on back-to-back trips a minute apart late in the half. However, Maryland only had a 30-28 lead at the media timeout with 3:12 to go in the first half. Out of the timeout, Farrell hit a three from in front of the Maryland bench, and was fouled by Pack. Farrell made the free throw to complete the four- point play and give Indiana a 32-30 lead. Maryland took a 35-34 halftime lead on a circus layup by Trimble, who finished the first half with a team-high 11 points.

In the second half, Jared Nickens hit a three just over six minutes in to give Maryland a 47-42 lead.

The Hoosiers responded with six unanswered points, highlighted by a James Blackmon, Jr. dunk and free throw to take a one-point lead, but Trimble answered right back with a three to put the Terrapins back up, 50-48. Farrell made a layup to tie the game at 51 with 6:14 left. Maryland was unfazed.

Wells made the front end of a one- and-one, but Jake Layman got the rebound. Trimble kicked the ball out to Nickens in the corner in front of the Maryland bench, and he drilled a three. Wells then drove to the basket for a layup that gave the Terps a 57-51 lead, drew a standing ovation and forced Hoosiers coach Tom Crean to call timeout with 5:09 left. Once again, Farrell came up with a big shot.

After Maryland committed a shot-clock violation with 3:54 left, Farrell banked in a three to tie the score at 57 with 3:30 to go. After the teams traded baskets, Layman posted up his defender, turned and scored on a layup to give Maryland a 63-61 lead with a minute left. Layman says that was a play designed for him.

“It was a play call for me to get the ball at the elbow, and just drive right and try to get by him,” Layman said, who finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. “It was a big shot for us. It was good that Coach had that confidence in me down the stretch to put it in to me.”

The Terps then made five of six free throws in the final minute to fend off a Farrell three. However, he missed a three that would’ve won the game, and an off-balance shot at the buzzer that would’ve tied it. Layman grabbed the rebound to secure the win in a game that saw 18 lead changes. Maryland improved to 20-5 overall (8-4 Big Ten), and remains unbeaten at home in conference play. Indiana fell to 17-8 overall, and 7-5 in the Big Ten. Both Mark Turgeon of Maryland and Crean raved about just how great a game it was.

“Give Indiana a lot of credit, they were terrific,” Turgeon said after the game. “Yogi was obviously good, but I thought down the stretch we really executed, whether it was Jake, Melo, Dez making a play, Jared Nickens hitting a shot.”

Crean said while both teams played well, it came down to who could make that one last play.

“We made mistakes, they made mistakes, and at the end of the day, they just made a play more than we did,” Crean said. “We withstood some poor shooting. We withstood some excellent shooting from Maryland, and at the same time, we made plays, we made just one less.”

Crean said he wouldn’t trade Farrell for anyone. Farrell finished with a game-high 23 points, along with five rebounds and six assists. Trimble said it was great to be able to match up against Farrell.

“He played great in both games, hit a lot of threes. Last game, I didn’t really match the way he was scoring,” Trimble said.

Wells also had a strong game, scoring several times on drives to the basket. He said he exercised patience against Indiana’s defense.

“I think they played really good defense on me. They sent double teams to me, and they tried to make it extremely hard for me to get into the paint, but I tried to take my time and do what was necessary for us to win. So when somebody was open, I tried to get them the ball. I needed to be assertive. I was assertive,” Wells said.

Maryland will wrap up the season with a rematch at Penn State, followed by home games against Nebraska, a top-five Wisconsin team, and Michigan, and then two more rematches at Nebraska and Rutgers

Maryland Guard Trimble Named to National Watch List

By Andrew R. Koch

While it’s been a struggle for the Maryland men’s basketball team during Mark Turgeon’s first three years as head coach, the Terrapins are heading into the season with at least one reason to be optimistic, especially about their highly-rated recruiting class.

Freshman guard Melo Trimble was named to the Watch List for the 2015 Bob Cousy Award, which is named for the Hall-of-Fame Boston Celtics point guard. The award is presented to the top point guard in college basketball. Trimble is one of more than 35 players who were named as preseason candidates for the award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Nov. 4. The list of candidates will be narrowed down to 20 in February, and then down to five finalists in early March. A committee made up of head coaches, members of the media, university media relations officials, and Basketball Hall-of-Famers.

Trimble is a 6-foot-3 guard from Upper Marlboro who was the top-rated basketball player in Maryland during his senior year last season at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. Last year, he averaged 23.1 points per game, and was named a McDonald’s All-American. Trimble is one of only two point guards from the Big Ten to be named to the Cousy Award Watch List, along with Derrick Walton, Jr. of Michigan.

If Trimble can win the award, he’d be the second Terrapins player to receive it. Greivis Vasquez, who’s now playing in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors, won the Cousy Award in 2010, his senior year at Maryland.