Maryland basketball kept its conference winning streak alive, beating Minnesota 85-78 to make it six victories in a row for the Terps. They haven’t lost since collapsing against Nebraska on New Year’s Day.
Maryland freshmen Justin Jackson and Kevin Huerter dominated the Gophers from deep, scoring 47 of the Terps’ total points. Melo Trimble was efficient from the floor as a distributor, scoring 11 points and contributing nine assists to zero turnovers.
Jackson scored from the outside, knocking down all five of his three-pointers, and Huerter was 5-for-7 from deep.
Minnesota held a large rebound advantage over the Terrapins, scoring 21 second-chance points thanks to 41 rebounds. Akeem Springs led the Gophers with 23 points on only 15 shots. Reggie Lynch helped out down low with a double-double.
Maryland didn’t get its usual production from the line in the first half, only attempting four three throws. Trimble and Cowan didn’t get to the line in their usual fashion, and Maryland suffered for it. However, the Terps got to the line 18 times in the second half, converting 12 free throws.
After the Terps got off to an 8-2 start, they stopped scoring. Minnesota went on a 19-1 run that Huerter mercifully stopped with a layup with nine minutes to go. Back-to-back threes by Jackson helped keep Maryland in the game, but the Gophers were able to extend their halftime lead to 33-26 after the Terps narrowed it to 28-26.
Maryland worked its way back in the second half, narrowing that deficit to two points on two separate occasions. Anthony Cowan finally tied the game up with a steal and layup to make it 54-all with 10 minutes left.
Maryland traded buckets with the Gophers, who knotted it up at 63 and took a lead a possession later when a Springs three-pointer bounced in. Maryland took the lead back on a Trimble layup with 2:49 to go, and the Terps sweated it out until the end.
They’ll travel to Ohio State on Tuesday take on the Buckeyes.
Three things to know
- Justin Jackson carried the Terps. He hit threes when Maryland desperately needed him to, and added 10 rebounds. Jackson punished the Gophers for leaving him open, and still converted some tough layups. His 28 points are a career high, and it’s his first college double-double.
- So did Kevin Huerter. He was equally as on from deep, and played solid defense. This was as consistently great as he’s played all season.
- Melo Trimble played more of a distributor role. He had several slick passes off drives, and did what his teammates needed him to. Trimble still got points when he needed to, and was accurate while getting them.