Busy week for Maryland continues with Terps' first Top 25 test

The Maryland men's basketball team weathered a shower of 3-point shots Monday night in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic to outlast Arizona State and reach the championship game against No. 13 Iowa State on Tuesday night.

The Sun Devils provided the young Terps with their biggest challenge to date. And the outcome was in doubt until the final seconds despite a near-record 31-point performance by true freshman Melo Trimble, who came within two points of matching the biggest performance by a freshman in the history of the program.


It has been quite a week for the Maryland athletic program.

The football team beat Michigan on Saturday to give Maryland a 7-4 record and improve the Terps' bowl status in their inaugural Big Ten season. The men's basketball team improved to 4-0 with the win over Arizona State, and the 10th-ranked women's team beat George Washington on Thursday and Loyola on Monday night to improve to 5-0.

The university also celebrated the induction of Gary Williams into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday night.

Of course, it wasn't all good for the College Park crowd. Maryland's No. 4 men's soccer team was upset by UMBC in the second round of the NCAA tournament Sunday, but the underdog Retrievers are savoring one of the biggest sports victories in school history.

We'll find out tonight how well Mark Turgeon's revamped squad handles itself against a ranked opponent, but it's clear that this is a very different team than the inconsistent group that went 17-15 last year. Whatever happens, the Iowa State game should provide some more valuable experience as the Terps prepare for the Big Ten conference schedule.

Trimble was a revelation Monday. He hit four of six shots from behind the arc, took the ball to the hoop to draw contact and made 13 of 14 free-throw attempts, including two pressure-packed free throws to make it a two-score game with 18 seconds left.

The Terps needed all of that and double-digit performances by Jake Layman and Dez Wells to counter the 3-point barrage by the Sun Devils, who hit 14 of 27 shots from 3-point range.