Maryland got off to a slightly slow start, possibly a result of the heightened event status of having Georgetown on campus for the first time in 40 years, but hung with the Hoyas and surged late when it counted to win 75-71 on Tuesday in arguably the game of the night.
Officially, the game had nine lead changes and was tied ten times but it felt like Georgetown had control until a 12-5 Terraoin run in the last five minutes powered by Melo Trimble (team-high 24 points) and Jake Layman (15 points, five rebounds).
Bradley Hayes led the Hoyas in scoring with 16 and had a good second half inside, at least until the senior big man missed a good look from in the lane with less than a minute remaining when the Hoyas trailed by three. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (14 points) hit some huge three-pointers down the stretch but it was tough to reverse the game in those final moments with the No. 3 Terps riding a raucous home crowd in College Park.
Both teams were gunning it from long range (Georgetown at 42.1 percent, Maryland at 38.1 percent) and riding those 3s to quick spurts in the tug-of-war between the neighboring teams. Trimble told ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt after the game that the renewal of the rivalry probably meant more to the fans than the players, but if the rivalry fueled the energy in the building then it played a role in this game.
Credit Georgetown for showing up and playing well on a big stage, but Maryland just had a few more answers. It’s a good thing these teams are playing again, even if it will take a few more of these thrillers to establish a rivalry that inspires these players.