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No. 6 Maryland men's basketball dominated UConn from the line and on the glass

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The Terrapins used their effectiveness on the boards and Melo Trimble's aggressiveness to build up an 18-point lead, and held off the Huskies down the stretch.

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The No. 6 Maryland Terrapins got a nice win against an unranked but very dangerous UConn squad in the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday night in Madison Square Garden. Maryland built up a double digit lead and had to fend off the Huskies down the stretch. The Terps built that lead in large part due to their sizable advantage in two key facets of the game: rebounding and free throws.

Maryland had a 45-24 edge in rebounding in the game. 14 of those rebounds came on the offensive glass and six of them came from Diamond Stone. The fantastic freshman had 16 points and nine rebounds in just 22 minutes of play. Robert Carter also played 22 minutes and picked up eight points and 11 boards. Despite only playing just over half of the game, the pair almost combined to out-rebound the Huskies.

UConn head coach Kevin Ollie said Maryland was physical from the outset. "They were tougher than us...Maryland was the team playing desperate and we needed to be the team playing desperate." Ollie noted that Melo Trimble did a great job of attacking the basket. "He made more free throws than we took the entire game," he said at the post-game press conference. To his point, the Terrapins shot 16 free throws in the second half alone. UConn shot two.

Maryland nearly gave away a lead that grew to as many as 20 points because of second half turnovers. The Terrapins turned the ball over eight times in the second half while UConn only turned it over once. Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon welcomed the adversity that his team faced in the second half, saying, "Our guys were playing with poise...I'm glad they made a run at us."

Someone who didn't quite maintain their poise late in the game was Ollie. He lost his cool when his Huskies had cut the lead all the way down to three. Trimble was fouled by Jalen Adams with 2:44 left to play, and was headed to the line to shoot a one-and-one. Ollie didn't like the call.

The refs teed him up and Trimble ended up shooting four free throws. The sophomore guard made three of them and turned a three point game into a six point contest. Ollie didn't just hurt his team with the outburst. He very well might have cost them the chance to win the game.

The coach did attempt to explain his actions in the post-game press conference. When asked about the technical foul, he said, "I just hit the stand where the stats people were at. I slapped that and the papers went flying." Ollie also said that he didn't think the technical foul changed the momentum in the game because Trimble was headed to the line to shoot a one-and-one anyway,

That answer doesn't seem to hold up under closer scrutiny. If you look at the video, Ollie slaps the table, turns and then GOES BACK to the table. This wasn't a "I slammed my hand down and I guess I didn't know my own strength" kind of deals. This was a full-on outburst and from the looks of the video, Ollie tossed those papers. Had Melo missed the first free throw from his one-and-one instead of missing what was the first of his two technical free throws, this might have been a different game with a different ending for both teams.