Terps shake off Spiders
Maryland takes over late after trailing by double digits in N.Y.
Maryland had gone down to the wire in three of its first five games this season, winning three times after trailing in the second half. The Terps changed the script a little Friday night against Richmond in the opening round of the Barclays Classic, but not the end result.
After trailing by as many as14 three times in the first half, and by 12 at halftime and again early in the second half, Maryland missed its chance to win in regulation, then took over in overtime and held on for a 88-82 victory before a pro-Terps crowd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Junior guard Melo Trimble led Maryland (6-0) with 31 points, tying his career high. The team’s three freshman starters also scored in double figures: guard Anthony Cowan scored 18, forward Justin Jackson had16 points and seven rebounds, and wing Kevin Huerter had his first double double, with 12 points and 10 Barclays Classic final rebounds.
Guard ShawnDre Jones led Richmond (3-2) with 23 points.
The Terps will play Kansas State, which beat Boston College earlier in the night, in tonight’s championship game. Maryland has won earlyseason tournaments in each of the past three years — at the Cancun Challenge last year, at the CBE Hall of Fame Challenge two years ago and at the Paradise Jam in 2013-14.
Trailing 41-29 early in the second half, the Terps went on 13-2 run that was fueled by two long 3-pointers by Huerter to pull within one, 43-42, on a drive by Trimble. The Spiders extended the lead to five, but Maryland then went on a 15-5 run to take a 57-52 lead on a put-back by junior center Michal Cekovsky.
But the Terps couldn’t hold on to the lead as Richmond’s matchup zone defense slowed Maryland’s of- fense. The Terps also contributed to a 9-3 Richmond run, as three straight turnovers, two by Trimble — led to a three-point play by Spiders center T.J. Cline and a fast-break layup by Jones.
In one stretch in the first half when the Terps saw an 8-8 game turn into a 24-10 deficit, Maryland missed 12 straight shots, and missed its first 13 3-point shots for the game. Conversely, the Spiders spread their opponents out with their Princeton offense, hitting a combination of 3-pointers and drives.
The Terps twice cut their deficit to 10 points, to 24-14 on a steal and drive by Cowan and later to 34-24 on a 3-pointer by Trimble with two minutes left in the first half. It was the first 3-pointer Maryland had hit in the game.
But Richmond answered right back with a 3-point shot by sophomore guard Khwan Fore. A free throw by Jones made it 37-24, but Cowan reduced the deficit to 38-26 with 14 seconds left in the half. The Spiders, who played most of the half without Cline, their best big man and the son of New York basketball legend Nancy Lieberman, shot 14for-30 from the field.
Melo Trimble puts up a layup. The junior guard led Maryland with 31 points, tying his career high. The Terps trailed by as many as 14 points three times in the first half. The Terps play Kansas State tonight for the Barclays Classic title.