October 23, 2017

Maryland cruises past Illinois in Big Ten opener, 84-59

Photo courtesy of University of Maryland athletics.

Before Mark Turgeon departed for the six-day-long break, he said he “felt great” about his team despite having to crusade a comeback in five of their 12 wins. 

Tuesday night justified Turgeon’s words. Behind Melo Trimble’s team-high 20 points (7-of-10 shooting) Maryland cruised past Illinois in their conference-opener at the Xfinity Center, 84-59.

The Terrapins (13-1) jumped out to an early 15-4 lead seven minutes and 17 seconds into regulation courtesy of a 9-0 run fueled by a Trimble layup, two Anthony Cowan free throws, an Ivan Bender layup and a 3-ball from Dion Wiley. Maryland led by as many as 17 in the first half. 

Jaylen Brantley’s last second 3-pointer to end the first half gave Maryland a 39-23 lead going into the intermission. 

Maryland padded its lead to 71-40 off a Trimble layup with seven minutes and one second left in regulation. The 31-point margin was their largest lead of the game. 

Cowan added 12 points, six assists, three rebounds and three steals. Brantley produced 13 points, five rebounds and three assists off the bench. Justin Jackson pitched in with 12 point on 6-for-10 shooting and four rebounds. L.G. Gill hauled in a team-high rebounds. Dion Wiley converted 3 of 5 attempts from beyond the arc. 

Maryland shot 56 percent from the floor (33-for-59) while holding Illinois to 36 percent (21-for-59) and 18 percent from deep (4-for-22).

Forty eight of Maryland’s 84 points came in the paint. 

Malcolm Hill paced Illinois with 21 points (6-for-10 shooting, 7-for-8 from the stripe) and seven rebounds.

Maryland plays Nebraska on January 1, 2017.

About Kyle McFadden 339 Articles
Kyle McFadden is a graduate from Linganore High School's Class of 2014, a sports junkie and general news-hound. He got his start as a sports writer in January 2014 for Linganore's student-run newspaper The Lance, where he wrote 13 articles. McFadden then launched his own blog in October 2014 called The Beltway Dispatch covering collegiate, local high school and professional sports. Formally known as The Beltway Dispatch, McFadden and Evan Engelhard merged respective platforms in June 2015 to make what is now Maryland Sports Access. With baseball, basketball and golf experience, McFadden brings ample knowledge to the helm of MSA. McFadden covers a wide variety of sports in football, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer and specializes in the collegiate and high school levels. McFadden volunteers his time at Damascus Road Community Church -- serving as a mentor to the youth, basketball coach at the varsity and junior varsity levels, and leads a small group of high school sophomores every Wednesday night. Although he's only been around journalism since January 2014, he's a high school sports reporter for The Baltimore Sun and freelancer for The Frederick News-Post. McFadden's work has also appeared in DMV newspapers The Aegis, The Capital Gazette, The Daily Times (Delmarva Now), The Hometown Observer, Howard County Times, Germantown Pulse and The Towson Times. He's also won two Mike Powell Excellence in Journalism awards and has appeared on The Best of SNO, which showcases top student work of high school and college journalists. McFadden currently studies at Frederick Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Maryland in the fall of 2018 to work on a bachelor's degree in journalism with aspirations to be a national college basketball writer.
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