Saturday, 20 January, 2018

Melo Trimble beats Michigan State with buzzer beater

Kristopher Love | 05 March, 2017, 00:36

The Terps will be the No. 3 seed in next week's Big Ten tournament behind Purdue and either Minnesota or Wisconsin.

The Terrapins quickly regained a four-point lead over the Spartans, before two free throws from Ward put MSU within two.

Melo Trimble is mobbed by Andrew Terrell, left, Jaylen Brantley after his game-winning basket.

Michigan State gave it to him.

If Saturday's victory over Michigan State turns out to be Melo Trimble's last home game at Maryland, then it sure was a fitting finale.

Maryland (24-7, 12-6 Big Ten) will play next week in the Big Ten tournament, which begins Wednesday at the Verizon Center in Washington - about 10 miles from its campus. It marks the third straight year that Maryland has earned a double-bye.

Both teams slogged through an ugly and offensively challenged first half. It was a back-and-forth battle in the first half, but a last second 3-pointer for the Terrapins gave the Terrapins a 63-60 win over MSU.

The team's official website takes a page to commend Melo's 2016-17 season accomplishments (it's nearly like "Stay Melo" is more a plea than a saying).

Bridges scored 18 for the Spartans while Trimble led Maryland with 16. Cowan helped start a 12-2 run with an acrobatic finish, and Huerter followed with a three-pointer. As a team, MSU finished shooting 36.7 percent from the field and eight triples. Trimble added consecutive jumpers, including a three-pointer that gave his team a 43-35 lead after Turgeon played cheerleader.

Ward led Michigan State (18-13, 10-8) with 22 points and 16 rebounds.

Back came the Terps with five straight points.

Though Maryland has developed a unsafe habit of blowing second-half leads this season, it never looked rattled against one of the league's blue bloods on Saturday. A 3-pointer from Jackson on the next possession was neutralized by a second-chance layup from Ward, who tied the game with an and-1 at 58 apiece with 3:46 to play.