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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.

TIP-INS

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.

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UMES hosts Old Dominion on Friday night.

Maryland plays Princeton in Baltimore on Saturday night.

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.

Angela Sulaimon comments on son’s dismissal from Duke program

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When Duke announced that guard Rasheed Sulaimon had been dismissed from the program one day after losing a close game at Notre Dame in late January, it was a move that caught many by surprise. In the aftermath of the decision theories (allegations of sexual assault that went unfounded) floated around in regards to why Sulaimon was dismissed, with the player himself keeping quiet about the entire situation.

Duke would go on to win the national title last season, with Sulaimon completing his undergraduate degree in the summer shortly after announcing that he would play his final season at Maryland. And earlier this week, Sulaimon’s mother Angela made her first comments on the situation in a story written by Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun.

In her view, Rasheed’s fear of “what might happen” led to his keeping quiet about the circumstances surrounding his dismissal from the Duke program. She also made note of the sexual assault allegations and opined that Krzyzewski “didn’t want to deal with,” thus remaining focused on the season.

Angela Sulaimon said Monday — in her first public comments since her son was dismissed by Krzyzewski — that she believes the allegations of sexual assault played a part in the coach’s decision.

“He didn’t want to deal with it. He wanted to go on with the season,” Angela Sulaimon said of Krzyzewski. “But there was no record, there were no formal charges. Nobody said, ‘Yes, he did it.’ The Duke newspaper tried to call me and one of them said, ‘Why can’t we talk to you and get your side of the story? Maybe we made a mistake with Rasheed.’ But I never answered.”

Part of the “fear” cited by Angela Sulaimon is the fact that Rasheed’s former college coach has so much influence within the basketball world. Not only is he a five-time national champion and Hall of Famer, but Krzyzewski is also head coach of the United States Mens Basketball Team and will move into a consulting role following the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Add in his relationships with many NBA executives, and doing anything but fade quietly into the background could have been viewed as costly from the Sulaimon family’s perspective.

At this point Sulaimon’s simply moving forward with his career, focusing on a final season of college basketball on a team talented enough to win the national title. And if watching his former teammates cut down the nets last spring serves as nay kind of motivation for Sulaimon, it will only help Maryland in reaching its ultimate goal.

h/t CBS Sports