Melo Trimble sprains ankle, expected to be ready for opener

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Maryland got a major scare on Saturday afternoon during a 95-61 exhibition win over Division II Catawba College.

Junior guard Melo Trimble, the preseason Big Ten Player of the Year, was limited to only nine minutes of action, leaving the game with a sprained ankle. According to Patrick Stevens of the Washington Post, Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon isn’t worried about Trimble’s status for the start of the regular season.

“Melo’s going to be fine,” Coach Mark Turgeon said. “If this was a big game, Melo would have played.”

Five different Terrapins scored in double figures on the afternoon, led by guard Jared Nickens, who poured in a game-high 17 points. Newcomers Anthony Cowan, a freshman who made a start on Saturday, and graduate transfer L.G. Gill followed by 15 and 13 points, respectively. Damonte Dodd, who is looked upon to be a presence down low following the departures of Robert Carter Jr. and Diamond Stone, was two points shy of a double-double.

Maryland assisted on 23 of its 33 field goals, but committed a staggering 22 turnovers — three of which were credited to Trimble in his nine minutes of playing time. The Terrapins were one of the most turnover-prone teams in the Big Ten last season, per kenpom.com.

The Terrapins, ranked No. 25 in the country by NBC Sports, opens the season on Friday against American.