It wasn’t a thing of beauty or expertly executed, but Maryland’s meeting with Georgetown sure was intense and exciting.
The Hoyas led by seven with just over a minute left, but fumbled away the victory will sloppy play and mistakes as the Terps came from behind to win 76-75 in a Gavitt Tipoff Games matchup Tuesday night.
Much of the evening was a slog with fouls wiping away any opportunity for the game to be played with any type of flow, but the finish offered redemption for a game that featured a combined 56 fouls and 64 free throws.
After going up 70-63 with 1:14 left, Georgetown surrendered a 3-pointer, sent Maryland to the line for six free throws and committed two turnovers that allowed the Terps the unlikely comeback.
The game’s wildest moments were saved for the finish.
The Terps cut the lead to three, 73-70, with 19 seconds left, and as Georgetown inbounded the ball, Rodney Pryor was whistled for traveling as he slid upon receiving the pass. Then, the Hoyas sent Anthony Cowan to the line with a deadball foul that allowed the Terps to add two points without the clock dwindling.
Tre Campbell followed that up with a pair of free throws, but Melo Trimble answered with a layup. On the ensuing inbounds, Campbell tried to get around a trap, but dribbled out of bounds to give Maryland the ball down just one.
Trimble then made a pair of free throws after he was fouled on the inbounds pass to give Maryland a lead that Kevin Huerter would protect on the other end when he blocked Jagan Mosely’s potential game-winning layup as time expired.
It was a wild, wild finish and one that undoubtedly will leave Georgetown wondering exactly what went wrong. It’s hard to term the finish anything short of a meltdown as it failing to finish off a seemingly sure-thing in the final minute at home against a rival. The Hoyas have some solid non-conference opportunities still ahead of them with Oregon and Syracuse on the docket, but it’s going to be difficult to get over this result.
For the Terps, it’s a stunning turnaround. Trimble’s final line is solid – 22 points on 7 of 14 shooting along with two rebounds and two assists – but it doesn’t really tell the full story of how well he played, carrying Maryland for major stretches. Justin Jackson providing 17 points off the bench is a big development as well.