IOWA CITY, Iowa - Freshman Melo Trimble scored a game-high 20 points as No. 17 Maryland fell at Iowa, 71-55, Sunday afternoon at in Big Ten Conference action at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Terps (19-5, 7-3 B1G) outscored Iowa 38-31 in the second half but could not overcome a 23-point halftime deficit. Maryland shot 50 percent from the floor in the second stanza, including a 45.5 percent clip from beyond the arc after hitting only two three-pointers in the first half.
Aaron White led the Hawkeyes with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Dez Wells finished with 12 points for his fourth-consecutive double-figure scoring performance. The senior is averaging 16 points per game over that span. Wells and Varun Ram posted three steals each while Evan Smotrycz, who notched his first start of the year, chipped in with three blocks.
“I thought Iowa was terrific. Especially the first 20 minutes,” head coach Mark Turgeon said. "They came out and they were ready to go and got off to an unbelievable start. I give them credit. They were ready for us.
“That said, I thought we had a better second half. I thought we looked more like us. We didn’t defend a lot better, but defended better. Offensively we were a lot better in the second half.”
Maryland returns home for a rematch with Indiana on Wednesday at 9 p.m. at XFINITY Center.