Michigan State and Maryland had a lot of issues scoring the ball in the first half of their first meeting this season. On Saturday, Maryland guard Melo Trimble made sure that would not be the case again.
The freshman scored 21 points and hit five 3-pointers as Maryland came out like a buzzsaw and never let up, downing Michigan State 75-59 in the Spartans’ worst loss of the season.
Michigan State led early 10-5, but Maryland went on a 19-4 run which was capped by three 3s from Trimble, as the Terrapins pulled away. His crossover 3-pointer from the top of key just before halftime gave Maryland a 40-26 lead.
Trimble finished with a game-high 24 points as he finished 6 of 11 from 3. Maryland hit 11 of 22 from deep as MSU – normally a good shooting team – hit just 3 of 16. While Trimble and Maryland forward Jake Layman (23 points, 12 rebounds) had no trouble getting going, Michigan State’s key player never really got going.
Senior guard Travis Trice – coming off a Big Ten player of the week honor – had just five points and did not score until the 13:25 mark of the second half. It took Denzel Valentine less time to get on the board – he scored on a short jumper with 4:09 to go in the first – but he finished with just nine points.
The third member of the Spartans’ “big three” had the biggest night as Branden Dawson had 14 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out late. But it was the misses that mattered more with Dawson, who left a handful of baskets at the rim throughout the loss.
Junior center Matt Costello was a bright spot for MSU as he had eight of the first 18 points for MSU and finished with 12 points and seven rebounds. He hit 6 of 9 from the field.
Michigan State never got closer than 11 (48-37) in the second half. Maryland’s Dez Wells hit a pair of shots, including a 3-pointer, before Trice hit his first basket of the game. Then Maryland went on a 7-0 run and kept rolling away from the Spartans.
The win gave Maryland the sole possession of first place in the Big Ten for now with a 5-1 record. MSU dropped to 3-2 with both losses to Maryland.