Terps nip Nebraska

Timothy Earl February 26, 2015 Comments Off on Terps nip Nebraska

The 16th-ranked Maryland Terrapins, behind 26 points from freshman sensation Melo Trimble beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers 69-65 at the Xfinity Center.

The game was closer than Terrapin fans would have liked and with the score tied at 52 with seven minutes to play Trimble took over the game. He hit a three pointer from the top of the key to give his team a 59-54 lead and then hit an even deeper three as part of an 8-0 Terrapin run which gave his team a 62-54 lead with 2:09 left to play.

Three Trimble free throws sandwiched around two Cornhusker threes made the score 65-62 with 32 seconds to go. The Terps then got a real scare when the inbounds pass was stolen but Nebraska gave the ball right back to Trimble and the Terrapins and order was restored when Melo was fouled and sank two more free throws.

Nebraska missed from the field and Jake Layman grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He sank two free throws while the Cornhuskers hit a late three to account for the final margin in favor of the home team who improved to ( 22-5, 10-4 Big Ten).

Dez Wells and Layman scored 14 points, but it was Trimble, who also had a team-high six rebounds, five assists and one steal and made 10 of 11 free throws who was the star of the game. Wells added four rebounds and two assists, steals and blocks. The Terps were out rebounded 33-26 including 10-1 on offensive rebounds but made up for it by connecting on 22-25 free throws. Maryland improved to 16-1 at home, 7-0 in conference home games.

The Terps started out well and jumped to a 14-5 lead. The Cornhuskers were down 32-21 on a Wells jumper with 5:25 to play in the first half but they responded with a 12-2 to end the half as the Terps took a 34-33 lead into the break.

Nebraska was led by Walter Pitchfork who scored 19 points and collected a team-high seven rebounds. Shavon Shields added 13 points and six rebounds in a losing effort for the ( 13-13, 5-9) Cornhuskers.