Saturday's Big Ten: Trimble’s deep 3 lifts Maryland

Associated Press

Madison, Wis. — With the game tied and about 20 seconds left on the clock, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon made the simplest play call he could make: give the ball to Melo Trimble and get out of the way.

The dynamic guard hit a long, straightaway 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left to lift the third-ranked Terrapins to a 63-60 win over Wisconsin on Saturday.

“Yeah, it’s not a lot of coaching,” Turgeon said. “He’s special. … Just get out of his way.”

Trimble finished with 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting in a game in which the Terrapins (15-1, 4-0 Big Ten) lost an eight-point lead with about 7 minutes to go.

Trimble saved his biggest shot for the end.

The sophomore let the shot clock wind down with Zak Showalter guarding him tightly for the Badgers (9-8, 1-3). Showalter had a hand up when Trimble let loose the winning shot.

Trimble swaggered as he backpedaled after the bucket stunned the Kohl Center crowd.

“I knew that the best shot was for me to get to the rim,” Trimble said.

The 3 worked, too.

Nothing more really that Wisconsin could do defensively in that situation.

“Well, get him to miss it,” Badgers interim coach Greg Gard said. “With the way they spread the floor, I knew what they were trying to do.”

Set up well beyond the 3-point arc, Showalter ran the risk of Trimble running by him if he had played him tighter. A foul would have sent Trimble to the line, where he is hitting 87 percent for the year.

A double-team would have left another Terp open.

So Trimble hit a deep shot that he said he’s practiced many times before. Showalter bent over at the hips, his head down in disappointment.

Robert Carter Jr. added 14 points and 11 rebounds for Maryland.

Northwestern 77, (at) Minnesota 52: Aaron Falzon tied his career-high with 20 points and Tre Demps added 13. Joey van Zegeren added 11 points and Bryant McIntosh had 10 assists for the Wildcats (14-3, 2-2 in the Big Ten), who posted their biggest victory ever at Minnesota’s Williams Arena.

Nate Mason scored 13 points and Bakary Konate added 12 for the Gophers (6-10, 0-4), who have lost eight of their last nine games overall.

Falzon, a freshman forward, was 6 for 9 from the 3-point line. He hit two of them early in the second half as Northwestern quickly expanded a six-point halftime cushion and blew the game open.

The Gophers have been plagued by poor 3-point defense, and it came back to bite them again early. Falzon knocked down four 3-pointers in the game’s first 11 minutes, keying a 15-2 run that put Northwestern on top 20-11.

Nebraska 90, (at) Rutgers 56: Andrew White had 28 points and nine rebounds. Glynn Watson scored 12 for the Huskers (9-8, 1-3 Big Ten), who snapped a three-game losing skid and an 11-game conference losing streak. Shavon Shields added 11 points and Ed Morrow had 10.

White shot 11 of 14 and 5 of 7 from 3-point range, marking the second time this season he had five 3-pointers.

Mike Williams scored 22 for the Knights (6-11, 0-4), who have lost four in a row and 19 straight conference games dating to last year.

Nebraska made its first six shots and 7 of its first 8 en route to a 21-7 lead, and remained in control throughout.

The score marked the largest final margin in a Big Ten game this season and Nebraska’s 37 field goals were the most scored in a conference game.