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Maryland guard Melo Trimble (AP Photo/Matt Hazlett)

Trimble coming back to Terps

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Melo Trimble is returning to Maryland.

The Terrapin guard will be back to for his junior season in College Park, according to multiple reports.

Trimble went from freshman first-rounder to question mark after a rough end to his sophomore season for Maryland in which his points per game, shooting percentage (both overall and from 3-point range) and rebounding dipped from his first season. Only his assists per game showed any sort of improvement. He waited until the last possible day to announce his intentions to return to school, but really his options were limited after seeing his production drop.

His decision to come back to school gives him a shot to restore his draft stock while Maryland gets its floor general back to help ease the transition from last year’s Sweet 16 squad that lost Diamond Stone, Rasheed Sulaimon and Jake Layman. The Terps might not be a sure-fire top-25 team with Trimble back, but their NCAA tournament chances are now significantly higher.

Terps players discuss how Running Man Challenge came to be

Maryland guard Jared Nickens (11) reacts with teammates including forward Jake Layman (10) and forward Damonte Dodd (35) during a break in the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Illinois, Thursday, March 3, 2016, in College Park, Md. Maryland won 81-55. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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What began as a way for a few Maryland players to amuse themselves has turned into a viral Internet sensation.

The Terps created “The Running Man Challenge,” and now, with videos upon videos upon videos populating the Internet, it’s a bona fide sensation.

“We didn’t plan on it being as big as it is, it really just started with us messing around and having fun in the locker room,” the Terps’ Jaylen Brantley told the school’s website. “I realized it was probably going to be big when Villanova responded to our challenge of “Who wants to battle?” on Instagram after one of the videos. It’s just really taken off since then.”

You can find many of the Terps’ videos over at Jared Nickens’ Instagram page. Teams and players from across sports have gotten into the act as it gained popularity, but some have already begun saying it’s peaked as local newscasters are now doing their own dorky renditions.

“We were just having fun,” Jared Nickens said. “I’ve probably watched a thousand videos from across the country. I’m glad people are enjoying it so much.”
The Terps aren’t done with the fad yet.

“We’ve got a few things coming up but we’re not ready to release any details on it,” Brantley said. “There will be a brand new dance coming soon – one that Jaylen, Dion (Wiley), Melo (Trimble) and I created.

“We’ll keep you hanging for now though.”

No. 6 Maryland beats Maryland Eastern Shore 77-56

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Melo Trimble scored 18 points, and No. 6 Maryland found its shooting form in the second half to pull away to a 77-56 victory over Maryland Eastern Shore on Saturday.

After struggling to take a 35-29 halftime lead, the Terrapins (9-1) made their first eight shots from the field after intermission during a 27-11 run that made it 62-40. Trimble contributed three 3-pointers to the surge.

Maryland didn’t miss a field goal try in the second half until Michal Cekovsky botched a layup with 8:45 remaining.

It was 69-46 with 5:35 left, and the Terps coasted from there. Maryland shot 63 percent in the second half and finished 21 for 25 from the free throw line.

Dominique Elliott led UMES (1-9) with 20 points on 8-for-12 shooting.

Coming off a 78-35 thrashing by No. 1 Michigan State, the Hawks put up a far better fight in this one – especially in the first half.

Rasheed Sulaimon had a career-high 10 assists for Maryland and Diamond Stone added 12 points and six rebounds. The Terrapins have won three straight since their lone loss, at North Carolina.

Maryland’s halftime lead could be attributed in part to a 9-for-10 performance at the free throw line compared to 3 for 4 for UMES.

Just before the break, the Terrapins were working the clock for a final shot when senior Jake Layman casually threw a pass that was intercepted by Derrico Peck, who dunked the ball on the opposite end.

Terps coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout with 2.6 seconds left to scold his players. He almost assuredly continued the conversation in the locker room at halftime.

After beginning the game by making five of its first six shots, Maryland went 1 for 11 from the field and led only 20-17 after going scoreless for nearly 3 minutes.

Stone then made two baskets and a free throw in a 13-2 run.


UMES: The Hawks fell to 0-17 against Maryland. … In addition to losing to highly touted Maryland, Georgetown and Michigan State, UMES is 0-2 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Maryland: The Terrapins had 10 assists on their 11 first-half field goals. By the end, only five of Maryland’s 23 baskets were made without assists. … The Terrapins were outrebounded 29-26.


UMES hosts Old Dominion on Friday night.

Maryland plays Princeton in Baltimore on Saturday night.

SATURDAY’S SNACKS: No. 4 Iowa State, No. 24 Cincinnati win tournaments

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 24 Cincinnati 61, George Washington 56

The Bearcats picked up their best win of the season in the Barclays Center as they came back in the second half to beat George Washington. Guard Troy Caupain led Cincinnati with 16 points while Farad Cobb and Kevin Johnson had 11 points each.


Nebraska 82, Tennessee 71: The Huskers had a strong performance from Tai Webster (18 points) and balanced scoring in a neutral-site win over the Volunteers. Andrew White added 15 points while Shavon Shields and Jake Hammond each finished with 11. Nebraska moves to 5-2 with the win.

No. 4 Iowa State 84, Illinois 73: The Cyclones took control of the game with a 12-2 second half run, combining an efficient offense with solid defense to beat the Fighting Illini. Georges Niang led the way for the Cyclones, who are now 5-0 on the season, with 23 points while also grabbing eight rebounds. Malcolm Hill paced Illinois with 20 points, but the loss of Mike Thorne Jr. (left knee) became an issue as the second half wore on.

Seton Hall 69, Georgia 62: The Pirates picked up a solid victory Saturday night in Newark, with an Isaiah Whitehead three in the final minute serving as the dagger. Whitehead scored 22 points and Khadeen Carrington added 20 to go along with six rebounds and three assists for the winner. Yante Maten led four Bulldogs in double figures with 18 points to go along with eight rebounds.


Gavin Ware, Mississippi State: The Bulldogs won big over Tennessee-Martin as Ware had 22 points, 10 rebounds and three assists while going 9-for-12 from the field.

Eric Washington, Miami (Ohio): The RedHawks were able to beat UCF as Washington’s go-ahead jumper with 23 seconds left was the difference. The senior guard finished with 15 points, six rebounds, six steals and three assists.

James Daniel, Howard: The nation’s leading scorer was up to his usual tricks Saturday, scoring 39 points and hitting the game-winning three-pointer in the final seconds of the Bison’s 79-77 win over William & Mary.

Kyle Collinsworth, BYU: Collinsworth, who posted six triple-doubles last season, fell just short of his first in 2015-16 in BYU’s 95-81 win over Belmont. 26 points, nine rebounds, ten assists and just two turnovers.


Bosko Kostur, Bryant: Kostur scored five points on 2-for-12 shooting in the Bulldogs’ loss at Georgetown.

Jacolby Mobley, UT-Martin: Mobley went scoreless, missing all seven shots from the field, in the Skyhawks’ loss to Mississippi State.

Wright State: The Raiders scored just ten first-half points in their 66-39 loss at George Mason, finishing the game shooting 23.1 percent from the field.


  • Robert Carter Jr. accounted for 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists as No. 2 Maryland pulled away for an 80-63 win over Cleveland State. Next up for the Terrapins is No. 9 North Carolina on Tuesday.
  • Isaac Haas scored 24 points and Vince Edwards contributed nine points, ten rebounds and seven assists as No. 16 Purdue beat Lehigh, 77-55. Johnny Hill scored 13 points off the bench for the Boilermakers.


  • Georgetown ran past Bryant as L.J. Peak finished with 20 points on 6-for-8 shooting.
  • Siena moved to 4-2 with an overtime win over Loyola (MD) as the Saints had five players in double-figures. Marquis Wright led the way with 21 points. At one point, Siena was down 15 in the second half.
  • Martez Harrison scored 25 points, 17 in the second half, as UMKC outlasted South Dakota State.
  • Penn State held off Bucknell as Brandon Taylor had 19 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Stefan Moody finished with 21 points as Ole Miss won at Bradley.
  • In a small mid-major upset, Ball State defeated Valparaiso, 69-66, as Bo Calhoun led with 15 points. Alec Peters had 28 points in a loss for the Crusaders.
  • UTEP came back from a 17-point halftime deficit to beat Colorado State 99-90 in double overtime.
  • Having already won at San Diego State this season, Little Rock went to Tulsa and beat the Golden Hurricane 64-60. Josh Hagins led the way with 17 points, ten rebounds and eight assists.
  • Bob McKillop picked up his 500th win as head coach at Davidson, with the Wildcats beating Denison College 83-70. Brian Sullivan led the way with 23 points.
  • Louisville pulled away in the second half to beat Saint Louis 77-57 in Brooklyn. Mangok Mathiang led the way with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
  • Zach LeDay (15 points, ten rebounds) and Chris Clarke (ten points, 16 rebounds) posted double-doubles as Virginia Tech beat UAB 82-77 in overtime.
  • BYU outscored Belmont 55-39 in the second half, winning by the final score of 95-81. Kyle Collinsworth led the way, Nick Emery scored a team-high 27 points and Chase Fischer added 19. Craig Bradshaw led the Bruins with 26 points.
  • UNLV took care of Prairie View A&M, 80-62, in Las Vegas. However starting big man Stephen Zimmerman left the game in the first half with a sprained ankle.
  • Reggie Uoshaw scored 17 points and Giddy Potts added 16 as Middle Tennessee beat Toledo 77-70 in the title game of the Great Alaska Shootout.

Trimble, transfers push No. 3 Maryland past Georgetown

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While neutral site games have become more popular in college basketball in recent years, there’s nothing better than a highly competitive game in a raucous environment. Tuesday’s matchup between Georgetown and No. 3 Maryland, the Hoyas’ first trip to College Park in four decades and the teams’ first regular season meeting since 1993, more than lived up to the hype. But the game, at least from the perspective of the visitors, will be about the opportunities to put the game that they failed to take advantage of.

As a result Melo Trimble and company made the plays they needed to make, winning by the final score of 75-71.

At two different moments in the second half Georgetown held a seven-point lead, the latest of which coming after an Isaac Copeland basket with 5:48 remaining pushed their lead out to 61-54. But on their next two possessions the Hoyas turned the ball over and Maryland capitalized, going on a 7-0 run with Trimble responsible for five of those points.

From there the game went back and forth until Rasheed Sulaimon, who arrived at Maryland amidst lofty expectations and a desire for redemption, made the decisive shot.

Sulaimon’s three-pointer with 1:18 gave Maryland the lead for good, and his role is one that will be incredibly important for a team with national title aspirations. Sulaimon was both a scorer (supplementary role) and a distributor Tuesday night, finishing with ten points and a team-high seven assists, and how he navigates these responsibilities will be key for Maryland moving forward. If Sulaimon can successfully do so, with the passing aspect freeing up Trimble to do more scoring himself, that would make Maryland an even stronger national title contender.

Add in forward Robert Carter, who finished with 12 points and eight rebounds, and Maryland’s two transfers stepped forward in a big game as many envisioned them doing before the season began.

Maryland didn’t have its best shooting night, making just eight of twenty-one from three, and giving up 17 second-chance points is another area that will need to be addressed. But led by Trimble, who was one of the nation’s best at getting to the foul line as a freshman, Maryland outscored Georgetown by 14 points (23-9) from the foul line. That point differential kept Maryland afloat, and ultimately they found a way to take advantage.

Georgetown can certainly point to missed opportunities, and they’ll take some valuable lessons from Tuesday’s game moving forward. But so will Mark Turgeon’s team, which deserves credit for hanging around to be in position to take advantage.

Dion Wiley likely to miss entire season for Maryland

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Maryland sophomore guard Dion Wiley will likely miss the entire 2015-16 season after undergoing knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

According to a release from the school, Wiley will miss four months after the surgery, which would likely bring him back in mid-March. Rather than have Wiley play his first games of the season in the postseason, the Terps are likely to seek a medical redshirt to get his sophomore season back.

“I am really disappointed for Dion because he worked so hard in the offseason and was playing at a very high level,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said in the statement. “This is a big loss for our team as Dion was expected to be our starting shooting guard. Our doctors were encouraged about the surgery and we know that Dion will work tirelessly to return to the court.”

The 6-foot-4 Wiley averaged 4.1 points and 1.5 rebounds per game as a freshman coming off the bench. Without Wiley, Maryland could turn to sophomore wing Jared Nickens or senior Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon to fill his void. The loss of Wiley isn’t ideal for Maryland, but it comes at a position where they can withstand it without further injury.