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Melo Magic puts Terps past K-State, 69-68

Melo Trimble adjusting in mid-air to sink the game-winning layup against Kansas State with 6.6 seconds remaining in the game.

Melo Trimble adjusting in mid-air to sink the game-winning layup against Kansas State with 6.6 seconds remaining in the game.

Melo Trimble went right, then he weaved left, took the ball to the rim and finished with 6.6 seconds remaining. Who else would Maryland give the ball to with the game on the line to take the winning shot? Trimble has done it so many times already in his great Terps career and on Saturday night he did it again to win the Barclays Classic with a 69-68 victory over a previously undefeated Kansas State team that was receiving votes in the Associated Press poll.

The Wildcats did absolutely everything they could in an attempt to hand Maryland their first loss of the season, but in an NBA Arena, Trimble scored 18 points with none bigger than his layup on the final possession past K-State forward D.J. Johnson.

Kansas State had one more opportunity to win the game with a few seconds left on the clock, but Barry Brown’s outside jumper hit the front of the rim and bounced away as time expired.

It was a high-level of basketball being played in the Barclay’s Center. Johnson was huge for his team, leading the Wildcats with 26 points to go with eight rebounds while Wesley Iwundu scored 16 points with a game-best 11 boards.

The game featured six ties and nine lead changes a 3-pointer by freshman Kevin Huerter late in the first half gave the Terps the largest lead either team had in the game, putting Maryland ahead by nine points at 33-24 with 1:22 remaining. After some exchanges in points an old-fashioned three-point play by Iwundu got the Wildcats within six points at halftime, 35-29.

In the second half Iwundu hit an early three to get K-State back within one and responded to a Michal Cekovsky dunk with one of his own to make it a 37-36.

A 3-pointer by freshman Justin Jackson, who finished the game with 11 points, and layup by Trimble got Maryland back ahead by six points, but their lead would extend no further in the second half. They got back up to that six-point advantage a bit later again when LG Gill hit a layup with 8:25 remaining to make it a 54-48 game. However, back-to-back 3-pointers by Kamau Stokes, who finished with 11 points for Kansas State, tied the game.

For the next three minutes, the lead would bounce back-and-forth between the two teams. Trimble re-tired the game with a layup with 3:18 remaining. However, a third 3-pointer by Stokes got the Wildcats back ahead. Both teams exchanged free throws over the next 30 seconds, but no lead was exchanged. Johnson got inside for a layup to push K-State back ahead by three points at 68-65 with 1:35 remaining.

Huerter missed a 3-point shot on Maryland’s ensuing possession, but the Wildcats couldn’t take advantage and get a two-possession lead. Brown missed a 3-pointers of his own. Johnson grabbed the rebound but after getting the ball back around to Stokes Trimble stole the ball.

Maryland quickly called a timeout with 25 seconds remaining. Turgeon drew up a play to get Trimble inside for a quick layup. Of course he made that one. Then after Iwundu missed the front-end of a one-and-one when the Terps fouled him to stop the clock, Trimble grabbed the rebound and went the full length of the court to get the game-winning basket.

With the return of Damonte Dodd on the floor and Cekovsky improving every game after coming back from his injury that cost him games to start the season, Maryland had size to work with against the Wildcats. Cekovsky finished the game with 16 points and eight rebounds. He dunked the ball six times in the game to provide Maryland with another emotional boost like he did against Stony Brook in his debut last week.

Kansas State had four players score in double-figures. Along with Johnson, Iwundu and Stokes’ performances, Brown scored 13 points for the Wildcats.

Maryland will return to XFINITY Center on Tuesday to host Pittsburgh in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Tip off is at 7 pm.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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