Terps shellack Spartans Again

Timothy Earl January 19, 2015 Comments Off on Terps shellack Spartans Again

u-marylandThe 14th-ranked Maryland Terrapins, behind Melo Trimble’s 21 first half points, mauled the Michigan State Spartans, 75-59 at a delirious and soldout Xfinity Center.

The freshman sensation made seven of his 11 first half shots, including 5-7 on 3-pointers the last one just before the first half buzzer sounded and gave his team a 40-26 lead at the break. He made the first three of the game and the last three of the first half and finished with a team-high 24 points.

The Terrapins never trailed in the second half and their lead ballooned to 60-40 on a Trimble 3-pointer with 11:07 to play in the game. They had their largest lead on a Dez Well’s free throw at 63-42 with 6:04 to play and cruised to victory while sweeping the season series with the Spartans. They improved to (17-2, 5-1 Big Ten) good enough for first place in their first year in the Big Ten Conference.

If Trimble was Batman then Jake Layman was Robin. The junior forward finished with 23 points and a team-high 12 rebounds and went 11-12 from the free throw line. Wells chipped in with nine points, five assists, three rebounds and one steal. Together, Batman and Robin scored 34 of the Terps 40 points in the first half.

This game was won from long distance and at the free throw line. The Terps were 11-21 from three point land and sank 20 of 22 free throws. In contrast, the Spartans, who lead the Big Ten in three point accuracy, hit 3 of 17 three pointers and made four of 13 free throws.

The Terrapins also forced 12 Spartan turnovers which they converted into 20 points. They also held Travis Trice to five points after he scored 26 in their first meeting. The Terps took their first lead of the game at 12-10 on a Layman three pointer with 11:55 to play in the first half and never trailed again.

This game was won in the first half as Trimble was in the zone and hit his last four three pointers. The Terps were also 8-8 at the free throw line and made 13-27 shots, including going 6-11 on 3-pointers in the first half. Down 14 points, Michigan State never recovered from the Terrapins first half scoring blitz.

Branden Dawson led the Spartans with 14 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Matt Costello added 12 points and seven rebounds in a losing effort for the (12-6, 3-2) Spartans.