Shots like this are what lift you to being a First Team All-American candidate.
Third-ranked Maryland, now 15-1, is off to the best start in school history thanks to the composure and cool credibility of its sophomore point guard, Melo Trimble.
The Terps went into Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon, got a late push from the Badgers, then walked out with a win after Trimble sauntered up the floor, took his time, and cashed in a 25-foot winner right in Zak Showalter’s face just before time expired.
Let’s just call this “The Shot,” courtesy of @TerrapinHoops star Melo Trimble. https://t.co/7tI78Amngl
— Maryland On BTN (@MarylandOnBTN) January 9, 2016
Not only did Trimble lift his team’s fan base, he crushed this young Wisconsin fan’s heart.
What a bucket, what a game, Maryland wins 63-60 thanks to the Trimble Triple. That’s certainly among the biggest highlights in college hoops in 2016. And it came just seconds after the Kohl Center exploded when Bronson Koenig hit a step-back 3 with 20 seconds to go, tying the game.
Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon opted not to call a timeout. He put the game in the hands of his best player. Trimble the hero. He finished with 21 points and five assists.
“That’s the most physical game we’ve played all year,” Turgeon told the media afterward. “Not even close.”
For it being such a rough game, it had just 30 total fouls. Maryland was also helped by Robert Carter’s double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds) and 52-percent shooting collectively — while on the road. Any time you can make at least half of all your shots in opposing territory, you’re going to be in OK shape.
The Terps travel to 12-4 Michigan for their next game, which comes on Tuesday night.
Wisconsin, which is being led by interim coach Greg Gard, is now 2-3 since Bo Ryan decided to retire on Dec. 15. The Badgers are 9-8 an in grave danger of missing their first NCAA Tournament since 1998.