In the end, the No. 12-ranked Terrapins had a little bit more as the Spartans fell 68-66 in double overtime – their second defeat in overtime this season.
Maryland senior Dez Wells sent the game to overtime with a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left. He finished with 16 points in the Terrapins win in their first conference game as a member of the Big Ten.
Maryland senior forward Jon Graham hit one of two free throws to open the second overtime and give Maryland a 56-55 lead.
Matt Costello gave MSU the lead back with a layup, putting MSU ahead 57-56. Maryland
Wells hit a pair of free throws to flip the lead back to Maryland 58-57. Wells then stripped Travis Trice of the ball and raced away for an open-court dunk and a 60-57. A Bryn Forbes turnover gave the ball back to Maryland, but Trice stole it back on an inbound pass. Trice hit Alvin Ellis, who converted a tough layup and drew the foul. He missed the free throw, leaving it at 60-59 in favor of Maryland.
Maryland freshman Melo Trible hit a pair of free throws to bring the lead back to three at 62-59.
Maryland’s Richaud Pack and Costello exchanged pairs of free throws, keeping the margin at 3.
Trimble hit a pair of free throws to bring the lead back to 5 at 66-61 and a Forbes travel all but ended the game. Trice stole the ball with less than 10 seconds left and hit two free throws to pull within 66-63. Trimble then sealed it with two more from the charity stripe and Trice hit a 3 at the buzzer to provide the final score.
Gavin Schilling got the first bucket of the first overtime on a layup in transition on an assist from Travis Trice, but Trimble came back with a 3 to give Maryland the lead 51-50.
Costello pulled down a clutch rebound on the offensive glass and his put back gave MSU a 52-51 lead with 2:32 to go. Headed to the free-throw line after Maryland’s Damonte Dodd fouled out, Costello knocked down both to give MSU a 54-51 lead.
Branden Dawson blocked a shot attempt at the other end, which resulted in a technical foul called on Maryland coach Mark Turgeon for his reaction. Bryn Forbes knocked down the second to give Michigan State a 55-51 lead.
Michigan State came up empty on the ensuing possession as Costello’s hook shot rimmed out and Graham hit a layup at the other end to pull within 55-53.
Wells hit a pair of free throws at the other end to yet again tie it 55-55. Forbes’ 3-point attempt at the buzzer was no good and the game headed to double overtime.
It took late heroics from Trice to put Michigan State in a position to win in regulation, but Wells had some heroics of his own as he hit a 3 with 2.2 seconds remaining to tie the game.
Trice, who finished with a game-high 26 points, stole a Maryland inbound pass with 1:08 to go and layed it in to give MSU the 45-44 lead.
Then with the game tied 45-45 and 36 seconds to go, a Maryland foul sent Trice to the line, where he knocked down both – the second bouncing on back iron momentarily – for a 47-45 lead.
With 18 seconds left, Maryland called a timeout, but guard Trimble missed a 3 and Schilling came down with the rebound.
Costello went to the line and hit the second of two attempts to give Michigan State a 48-45 lead with 11.6 seconds to go.
Wells hit a contested 3 with 2.2 seconds to tie the game 48-48. Denzel Valentine’s half-court shot was on line, but hit the back of the rim.
Trice put Michigan State ahead 40-35 with a fading 3 from the wing with 4:34 to go.
Maryland forward Evan Smotrycz – a Michigan transfer – hit a 3 to pull Maryland within 41-40 with less than three minutes remaining. He fouled out on the ensuing possession, sending Trice to the line for a pair of free throws.
Trimble hit a pair of free throws before Dodd blocked a Dawson shot attempt on the defensive end then saw his hook shot bounce in to give Maryland the 44-43 lead with 1:44 to go.
Trice missed a 3, giving Maryland the ball back, but out of a timeout, Trice stole the inbounds pass and raced down for an open court layup and a 45-44 lead.
A Trice foul sent Trimble back to the line, where he knocked down the first to tie the game 45-45 with 48 seconds to go. The second hit front iron and Michigan State came away with the board.
Trice got Michigan State on the board first in the second half when he banked in a floater, giving him 10 of MSU’s first 16 points.
But it was a struggle early for both sides. Michigan State made just 3 of its first 21 attempts from the field and the two teams combined to hit just 1 of 15 from 3 in the first 17 minutes.