Maryland Loses to West Virginia in 3rd Round of NCAA Tournament

After a hard-fought season, the Maryland Men’s Basketball team fell short to number five seed West Virginia 69–59 on Sunday, March 22nd.

Turnovers were what hurt the number four seed Terps the most. West Virginia came out with aggressive defensive play and gritty full court presses that led to Maryland’s eventual defeat. The Terps had a team-high 23 turnovers on Sunday, which led to 26 points for the Mountaineers.

Senior guard Dez Wells, who has contributed much to the Terrapin’s success, did not have one of his best performances against WVU. Wells was a let down with eight turnovers, which was just one fewer than the entire West Virginia team. Wells had nine points, going three of eight shooting.

Another setback for the Terps was the loss of freshman point guard Melo Trimble. Trimble was forced to be taken out of the game Sunday after accidently being kicked in the head by a teammate, getting knocked out. Trimble was also knocked down two times before, once being on a controversial aggressive pick set by Mountaineer forward Devin Williams.

Trimble, who was honored this year with a first team All-Big Ten selection, lead the Terp’s in scoring with an average of 16.3 points a game. He contributed with a team high of 15 points and seven rebounds against West Virginia before being taken out with a critical 8:25 left on the clock.  Trimble had 32 double-figure scoring performances this year, ranking him fifth in the team’s history.

To a CBS Sports reporter, Maryland Head Coach Mark Turgeon stressed the importance of Trimble when he said, “Obviously, Melo is pretty important to us. Lucky for us, he’s been healthy all year. That’s pretty amazing. We have one point guard in our program and a really good one in Melo. And it’s the first time all year really that he couldn’t play.”

At the half, Maryland trailed West Virginia 35 to 34. The Terps converted 55% on the floor while also out shooting West Virginia by 19 percentage points. Turnovers were still a negative factor for the Terps in the first half having nine of them leading to 10 second-chance points for the Mountaineers.

West Virgina matched up against the powerhouse number one seeded Kentucky Wildcats in the Sweet Sixteen. WVU lost 78-39. Maryland will start preparing for next season with the loss of three starters including Richaud Pack and Dez Wells.

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