EAST LANSING, Mich. – The University of Maryland men’s basketball team is 17-3 on the year, but has only played two ranked teams so far this season. The Terps are now 0-2 in those games. No. 11 Michigan State (17-4, 4-4), led by do-everything senior Denzel Valentine, topped Maryland at home Saturday night 74-65. Valentine […]
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The University of Maryland men’s basketball team is 17-3 on the year, but has only played two ranked teams so far this season.
The Terps are now 0-2 in those games.
No. 11 Michigan State (17-4, 4-4), led by do-everything senior Denzel Valentine, topped Maryland at home Saturday night 74-65. Valentine had 19 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists to help the Spartans snap a three-game losing streak, including the last two at home.
“We played Spartan defense and played Spartan basketball,” said Valentine, who became the first Big Ten player in history to record at least 1,300 points, 700 rebounds and 500 assists in their career. “We played tough and got the win.
“I was two assists short and so it wasn’t meant to be I guess. I am just glad we got the win. That was the biggest thing. The win is the only thing that matters at the end of the day.”
Seventh-ranked Maryland led for all of one minute and 31 seconds, but hung around until the final minutes. The lead occurred roughly four minutes into the second half thanks to a 5-for-5 shooting display. Robert Carter dunked off an assist from Melo Trimble to give the Terps a 44-42 lead at the 16:15 mark. Carter then converted on a layup on the next possession to push the lead to four.
The Spartans quickly responded and received a three-pointer from Bryn Forbes, who led Michigan State in scoring with 25 points and four triples. Valentine then made a layup half of a minute later to give his team a lead it would never relinquish.
Michigan State also snagged 17 offensive rebounds on the night, leading to 15 second-chance points.
“It was definitely a problem,” said Maryland Head Coach Mark Turgeon. “We have to be better, no matter how good they are.”
Forward Matt Costello snagged six of those offensive rebounds and had two key blocks late.
“We knew Costello was going to be their X-factor and it really showed out there,” Trimble said. “We couldn’t buy a rebound when we were on defense and he really killed us on the boards.”
Trimble, who started out slow, eventually came alive and did his best to keep the Terps in the game. He finished with 24 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Carter added 13, but was the only other Maryland player to score more than eight points.
Maryland’s three losses have come to North Carolina, Michigan and Michigan State. The good news: all three came on the road to a quality opponent. The bad news: all three are to tournament teams the Terps will have to go through if they wish to win a national title.
Maryland (17-3, 6-2) will not have to wait long for another shot at beating a ranked opponent. The Terps host No. 9 Iowa on Thursday.