The Terrapins were dominant in spurts during their 10 point victory over the Uconn Huskies in the Jimmy V Classic. In the bright lights, on the big stage at Madison Square Garden Maryland’s Melo Trimble looked like a pro. The sensational point guard scored a season high 25 points as he led his team past the Huskies who were a completely different team in the second half. The Terps lead was as big as 18 in the first half, they earned the lead by playing outstanding defense and owning the glass. Trimble and freshman Diamond Stone combined for 22 points in the first half which was just one point less than Uconn scored as a team.
The second half was more of the game everyone expected to see, Daniel Hamilton got going for Uconn and he and Trimble took turns hitting big shots. Trimble’s Terrapins would be a bit too much, especially as he took over down the stretch to steady his team that had given up a big lead. A great win for Maryland, a tough loss for Uconn who has now lost three in a row. Below are the takeaways from the game.
Melo is Special. It’s just that simple, Trimble is the best point guard in the country and he showed why last night. Come tournament time, it’s all about guard play and the Terps have a star at the position. He was masterful in realizing when to pick his spots and be aggressive, knowing when to set up his teammates and when his team needed him to be aggressive. He’s truly special and Terps fans should enjoy him while he’s still on campus because the next level is calling and he’s ready.
Stone is a weapon. It’s easy to see why Terp nation was excited about landing this prized prospect, he was amazing on the offensive end. He didn’t shoot it well in the second half, but he did give his team 16 points and nine rebounds off of the bench. He has a bevy of post moves and in a day where that isn’t always the case, he’s going to have his way with teams going forward.
NBA Size. The Terps have legit league size up front and it showed, they pounded the smaller Huskies 45-24 on the glass. So many second chance points helped quell Connecticut runs and more importantly hold Uconn to one shot on the defensive end.
Stifling Defense. Maryland played it’s best defensive game of the young season last night, they were getting back in transition and just suffocating the Uconn offense in the first half. They had a few issues at times in the second half, but that was mostly due to Daniel Hamilton being Daniel Hamilton. Their rotations were on point, they can still get better of course, but if they can complement their dangerous offense with a dominating defense they’ll be making a run to the Final Four for sure.
Daniel Hamilton. It’d be crazy to mention two of the extremely talented players in this game without mentioning the third. Hamilton was outstanding for the Huskies, he was a different person in the second half and Uconn may need him to be that aggressive on a nightly basis if they wish to climb out of the funk their in. He like Trimble, performed well under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden.