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Trimble scores 27 but Terps fall at Wisconsin

Melo Trimble posted his 12th 20-point game of the season but he did not have enough help from his teammates as the Terps suffered a loss at Wisconsin.

Talent is not an issue for the Maryland Terrapins men’s basketball team. They have plenty of talent. But there is something missing with them that they have to discover. The No. 23 Terps were in Madison, Wisconsin for a critical game against the No. 11 Badgers, and like has happened in their big games before this season, they suffered a defeat, 71-60.

Maryland is 22-5 this year. Very few expected that sort of record after replacing four starter’s from last year’s team, including two NBA draft picks. But despite starting three freshmen and Damonte Dodd and Michael Cekovsky being in what seems to be a revolving door of health for most of the season, the Terps still have come up big in games.

Just not the biggest games.

A loss to Pittsburgh in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge spoiled their first true test against some top competition. A loss to Nebraska was very unexpected after blowout Illinois in their conference opener. Then Maryland was riding seven-game winning streak and was looking to solidify themselves as a top team in the country, but lost to Purdue and Penn State in back-to-back games.

Just when Maryland seemed to turn the corner back around with wins over an always scrappy Ohio State team and Northwestern squad experiencing one of their greatest seasons ever, the looked like they were ready to tangle with the Badgers, but couldn’t come up with the big win.

Melo Trimble scored 27 points while hitting four 3-pointers, but his help was limited. After him, Cekovsky was second on the team with 10 points. Only six Terps scored in the game. Meanwhile, Nigel Hayes and Ethan Happ were an unstoppable force for the Badgers. Hayes scored 21 points with 10 rebounds while Happ had 20 points, seven boards, five steals, two blocks and three assists in the game.

Wisconsin out-rebounded Maryland 44-27 in the game. Dodd started the game at center but was shut out on the boards. Cekovsky and Ivan Bender were held to only four rebounds combined.

The advantage on the boards helped Wisconsin outscore Maryland 28-18 in the paint and hold a 19-8 second chance points advantage.

Still, back-to-back 3-pointers by Trimble to end the first half put Maryland ahead 33-27 at the break and they stayed within striking distance for most of the second half. However, After a Trimble layup made it a 56-52 game with the Badgers ahead, Wisconsin went on an eight-point run to take a 12-point lead with 4:41 remaining in the game.

Maryland just didn’t have enough options offensively to come back from that.

The Terps were able to get to the foul line down the stretch, but only for six shots. They made all of them and outside of those a layup by Cowan as the only field goal the Terps had in the final seven minutes of the game. Trimble’s layup, but missed opportunity for a 3-point play at made it a 56-52 game were his last points of the game.

Maryland will look to rebounds from their loss on Wednesday against Minnesota in their first of back-to-back home games. Maryland will play three of their final four regular season games at XFINITY Center.

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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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