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Team USA defeats Venezuela 85-62 in Melo Trimble's Pan-American debut

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Trimble made his first appearance on national television since Maryland's disappointing exit from the NCAA Tournament in March.


Team USA defeated Venezuela, 85-62, in the preliminary round of the 2015 Pan-American Games.

What finished as a 23-point victory for Team USA started in gruesome fashion.

Guard play was sloppy, and Maryland's scoring sensation Melo Trimble was noticeably out of his comfort zone in his first minutes of Pan-Am play.

In less than two minutes in the first quarter, Trimble committed two fouls, tripped over his own feet a few times, and had the ball stripped from him before taking a seat.

Recovering from his first stint, he scored three points in the second quarter on a left-handed layup and free throw on separate possessions.

In a new system where he was asked to be more of a distributor than a scorer, Trimble looked slightly disoriented controlling an unfamiliar offense, which is to be expected of the youngest player on Team USA's roster.

Offensively, he was able to compensate for his earlier mishaps, but defensively he struggled throughout. Communication was minimal as two guys were often guarding the same man, leaving another player open underneath the rim.

Trimble had a much stronger showing in the second half, kicking out to perimeter shooters and getting to the rim with ease, contributing to Team USA's redeeming second-half performance. Trimble finished with five points on 2-of-5 shooting, dished out three assists, committed three turnovers and was 1-of-2 from the free throw line. He came off the bench for Team USA and played just less than 13 minutes.

Trimble and Taurean Prince of Baylor were the only real offensive threats among the collegiate players on Team USA until Ron Baker got it going late. Three professionals carried the offense as Bobby Brown, Damien Wilkins and Anthony Randolph combined for 49 of the team's 85 points.

USA will play Puerto Rico Wednesday at 9 p.m. EDT.