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Terps coach Mark Turgeon: Diamond Stone started by mistake, Melo Trimble 'doing better'

Coach Mark Turgeon looks on against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the first half at Xfinity Center on January 6, 2016 in College Park, Maryland.
Coach Mark Turgeon looks on against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the first half at Xfinity Center on January 6, 2016 in College Park, Maryland. (Rob Carr / Getty Images)

COLLEGE PARK — Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon acknowledged Thursday that freshman center Diamond Stone was not supposed to start against Rutgers on Wednesday, but did so after his name was inadvertently put in the official scorebook on one of the top five lines.

Stone had come off the bench in the previous seven games -- all of them victories -- and scored in double figures in each, including a freshman school-record 39 points last week against Penn State. Stone had 15 points and a team-high 10 rebounds along with three blocks in an 88-65 win over Rutgers.

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It appeared something was amiss when the video board showed Damonte Dodd, who has been the team's starting center, getting up from the bench and going out onto the court as Stone's name was called over the public address system. Dodd awkwardly joined the others not starting who were standing.

"It was a mistake, it happened in the book, good thing [we] had a good player and he was ready to play," Turgeon said during a media session Thursday with Stone, who will be returning to his home state Saturday when third-ranked Maryland plays at Wisconsin.

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"I thought he handled it well for not being mentally prepared for it. It happens, but it better not happen again."

Turgeon did  not say who made the mistake, but the names are typically entered by one of the coach's staff members.

On a more important note, Turgeon said the hamstring injury that limited sophomore point guard Melo Trimble to 14 minutes against Rutgers and kept him on the bench the entire second half is related to a lower back problem that bothered Trimble for a few weeks last season.

"He's doing better today, he's still stiff, getting a ton of treatment today, he'll get a massage," Turgeon said. "We expect him to be better tomorrow than he is today and hopefully he'll be better on Saturday. It's something we need to be concerned about , something we need to watch, but I think with proper care and stretching and doing everything right he should be fine."

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