Maryland’s Melo Trimble (2) shoots as he drives past Michigan State’s Lourawls Nairn Jr. (11) and Gavin Schilling (34)in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Big Ten Conference tournament in Chicago, Saturday, March 14, 2015. Michigan State defeated Maryland 62-58. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Freshman guard Melo Trimble scored a game-high 22 points but the Maryland Terrapins still fell to Michigan State, 62-58, in the semifinals of the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament on March 14 in Chicago, Ill.
No. 8 ranked Maryland (27-6 overall record) now awaits its seeding for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament,scheduled to start March 19.
Trimble was on fire offensively early in the game. The freshman sensation made all of his first five shots to score a quick 13 points and lead the Terps to a double-digit lead; Maryland led by as many as 16 points in the first half.
The Terps led by double digits in the second half too, but Michigan State found a way to go on a 15-0 scoring run to take command of the lead. Trimble’s red-hot shooting start fizzled in the second half and he missed nine of his last 11 shot attempts. Maryland senior star forward Dez Wells had a modest performance, scoring just 10 points with seven rebounds.
Michigan State star junior forward Denzel Valentine struggled on the paint, making just one of eight shot attempts for three points. But senior guard Travis Trice scored a team-high 20 points and senior guard Branden Dawson had 17 points for the Spartans.
Michigan State (23-10) moved on to the Big Ten championship game to face Wisconsin (30-3).