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Trimble beats buzzer to top Spartans, 63-60

Melo Trimble nailed the game-winning 3-pointer with one second left to lift Maryland past Michigan State on Senior Day.

With just one second left in the game, Melo Trimble had his big heroic moment as he nailed the game-winning 3-pointer to lift the Maryland Terrapins men’s basketball team over the visiting Michigan State Spartans 63-60 in their regular season finale.

Trimble led Maryland with 16 points on 6-for-15 shooting but was fairly quiet from outside the arc prior to his late make. But he was clutch when he needed to be.

The Spartans had the ball with the clock winding down and were going for the last good shot of the game, but Nick Ward turned the ball over under the basket. That set the Terps up for the game-winning basket. Justin Jackson took the inbounds pass and immediately threw it over to Trimble. The All-American dribbled up the left side, set his feet, lifted up over a defender and swished the game-winning triple.

And this play happened despite head coach Mark Turgeon wanting Trimble to drive to the rim.

“I didn’t hear him say that I heard him say try to get to the basket and try to find an open teammate if I couldn’t do it,” Trimble said. “I think of myself as a great shooter, obviously I couldn’t make every shot but I felt in a rhythm and I made it.”

Michigan State had a chance at one last midcourt desperation shot and it hit the rum, but the wrong part of it as he bounced away.

“I’m really proud of my team,” Turgeon said. “I’ve been proud of them all year. It’s been an amazing regular season. Like most teams, we had our ups and downs, but we played with great resiliency today. Today there were two teams that really guarded each other and played physically. I was happy for my seniors to obviously go out on the right note. I’m also really happy for our senior managers. Obviously, I’m happy for Melo for making that shot and getting it done. It’s been an amazing year.”

Jackson was second on the Terps with 15 points to help clinch Maryland the third seed in the upcoming Big Ten tournament. Both Jackson and Trimble led Maryland with six rebounds in the game.

Neither team could gain a significant lead in the game. Maryland had the biggest lead in the game at eight points twice in the second quarter. That came after jumper and 3-pointer made by Trimble on back-to-back possessions and again after Gill hit a layup in response to two made free throws by Ward.

A 3-pointer by Mile Bridges sparked a nine-point Spartans run over the next two minutes to put Michigan State ahead 46-45. However, the Terps never let them pull away and took a lead back just 30 seconds later when Jackson made two free throws. Anthony Cowan then completed a three-point play to put Maryland ahead by four points.

Maryland was able to remain for the most part in the final minutes, though Ward did tie the game twice late, but Maryland played tight defense at the end of the game, shut Michigan State out on their final four shot attempts and forced the critical turnover under the basket to give Trimble the shot at his game-winning bucket.

After losing five of seven games, Maryland ends their regular season with back-to-back victories and earned wins or Damonte Dodd and Jared Nickens on Senior Day against the Spartans. But the victories also give the team a good amount of momentum heading into the Big Ten Tournament, hosted just down the road in Washington DC, where they’ll have a double bye into the quarterfinals.

“This one just gave us confidence and we feel relieved now,” Trimble said. “Back to 0-0. Everyone in the Big Ten Tournament is 0-0. We have a double bye so we’re going to take the next two days off, get our energy back, get our legs back, come back to practice Wednesday and get ready for Friday.”

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