There was only one game on the Big Ten slate on Thursday night, but it was a barn burner thanks to big game heroics from Melo Trimble.
Here’s a full recap of the game.
Big Ten Game of the Night
-Maryland 84, Iowa 76
Disaster was looming for the Maryland Terrapins tonight in Iowa City. But Melo Trimble saved the day, with his late game heroics pushing the Terrapins to their fourth straight victory overall and their third straight on the road with the 84-76 win.
The Terrapins were threatening to blow the game wide open midway through the second half, with their lead growing as big as 15 points before a 10-0 Hawkeyes run pulled Iowa within reach.
The Hawkeyes eventually took the 72-69 lead, but consecutive three pointers from Trimble ignited an 8-0 Terrapins run that would not be relinquished.
With the win, the Terrapins improve to 17-2 on the season and 5-1 in conference play while the Hawkeyes drop to 11-9 overall and 3-4 in conference play.
Trimble led Maryland with 20 points while shooting 5-of-9 from three, while Anthony Cowan added 15 points and 6 assists. Forward Justin Jackson had 12 points, nine rebounds, six steals, four assists and two blocks.
Peter Jok, the leading scorer in the Big Ten, scored 14 points on 4-of-12 shooting for the Hawkeyes.
The Terrapins moved the ball well in the win, assisting on 14 of 16 baskets while also not backing down against an Iowa team that was aggressively active in the Maryland passing lanes.
Iowa struggled to shoot the ball, hitting 29 per cent of their shots in the first half. Despite a heroic effort from Fran McCaffery’s squad.
While the win is nothing more than a gutsy road win for the No. 25 Terrapins, the loss is the perfect representation for Iowa’s season so far. At times the Hawkeyes didn’t deserve to be on the same court as a ranked team, while at times they looked every bit a Big Ten contender. It’s been an excruciatingly up-and-down year for the Hawkeyes.