Maryland basketball dropped its first game at home since December 2014 and snapped a five-game winning streak as it fell to Wisconsin, 70-57 at Xfinity Center on Saturday night. The loss ends a 27-game Maryland win streak at Xfinity Center, and it's Maryland's first home defeat in Big Ten play, ever.
The Terps' leading scorer, Melo Trimble, struggled with his shot, going 1-of-14 from the field, and failed to keep a steady hand on the ball. Rasheed Sulaimon finished with 17 points and Diamond Stone 10 for Maryland.
In the first half, what may have been the worst 20 minutes of basketball for Maryland this season got even worse when Stone was given a "contact technical foul" for shoving Badgers forward Vitto Brown's face into the ground following a scuffle with 1.8 seconds to go in the first half. Wisconsin forward Charlie Thomas was also given a technical.
This is what earned Diamond Stone a tech. pic.twitter.com/rNIr3tVzrR— Ryan Connors (@ryanconnors11) February 14, 2016
The Terps had a strong start but then thudded, as Maryland went scoreless for 8 minutes and 22 seconds in the middle of the first half. The Badgers went on a 12-0 run that helped flipped a 7-point deficit to a 15-point halftime lead. Both sides walked into the locker room with emotions flaring from the Stone play.
It was Sulaimon who kept Maryland in the game, scoring 9 of the Terps opening half points, connecting on a pair of threes. Trimble took an unusual break at the 13-minute mark after his third turnover in what was a sloppy outing for the Terps. Maryland turned the ball over 9 times and shot the ball poorly, hitting just 7 of 21 attempts. It was a recipe for disaster for a team unfamiliar with being down big at home.
The game turned toward Maryland at the start of the second half, with the Terps starting to chip away almost immediately at what had been a massive halftime deficit. Buckets from Jaylen Brantley and a basket-and-one from Jake Layman contributed to the incremental comeback as Maryland was able to cut the lead to 6 points with 10 minutes to go.
Yet the Terps struggled to find an answer for Bronson Koenig who scored 12 points in the second half and hit a number of fadeaway shots to lift his team towards a win, keeping his tournament chances alive. The Terps also failed to secure their own defensive glass. The Terps followed a 33.3 percent shooting first half with a 44.8 percent second half and failed to convert on shots down the stretch.
Three things to know:
1. Diamond Stone made a mistake and might well pay for it. What Stone did to Brown certainly looked malicious, even if it wasn't premeditated. It was a dangerous play, and just because the game's officiating staff didn't see fit to throw Stone out of the game doesn't mean he's not in danger of a Big Ten suspension. This will be something to monitor.
2. Melo Trimble struggled to find his shot again. Trimble has noticeably improved as a passer and defender, but consistent shooting has been a real issue for Maryland's top scorer. He shot 1-of-14 from the field for 10 points, and couldn't get anything to fall from mid-range or deep. It's something he'll need to snap out of come tournament time.
3. Maryland left a ton of points at the foul line. Uncharacteristic for a team that shoots 75.9 percent on the season, the Terps shot 12-of-21. This wasn't a night on which Maryland could afford it.