CANCUN, Mexico - Melo Trimble scored 17 points on a perfect 7-for-7 shooting performance, and No. 2 Maryland beat Rhode Island 86-63 on Wednesday night to win the Cancun Challenge.
Trimble, who was named tournament MVP, also went 3-for-3 at the line and grabbed six rebounds. Rasheed Sulaimon also scored 17 points on 6-for-7 shooting, and Robert Carter had 15. Sulaimon joined backcourt mate Trimble on the all-tournament team.
After playing three straight games that required a second-half comeback to get the victory, Maryland (5-0) was in control throughout against the Rams (3-2). Trimble hit a long jump shot at the first-half buzzer to make it 44-28, and Rhode Island struggled to keep up the rest of the night.
“I thought we had a lot of energy tonight. We beat a really good team that is well-coached,” head coach Mark Turgeon said. “We’re getting deeper as a team and we are doing a lot of things better. We are dialing in and heading in the right direction.”
The championship is the Terps’ 31st holiday tournament title and their third consecutive after winning the Paradise Jam in 2013 and the CBE Classic in 2014. Trimble was also named most valuable player of the CBE Classic last season after recording a career-high 31 points against Arizona State.
The Terps head back to College Park for a game against Cleveland State on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at XFINITY Center.