#6 Terps Drop UConn in Jimmy V Classic

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Melo Trimble scored a season-high 25 points and freshman Diamond Stone had 16 as No. 6 Maryland took a 20-point lead in the first half and went on to beat Connecticut 76-66 on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

The Terrapins (8-1) used their size up front to dominate the rebounding, 45-24, including 23-9 on the offensive end. Robert Carter had 11 rebounds and Stone grabbed nine for the Terps.

Daniel Hamilton had a season-high 23 points for the Huskies (5-3), who have lost three of four.

Maryland took its biggest lead of the game at 34-14 on a 3-pointer by Jared Nickens with 4:54 left in the first half. The Terrapins led 38-22 at halftime, outrebounding the Huskies 25-12.

Connecticut had one last rush and the Huskies got within 67-64 when Hamilton capped a 16-5 run with a 3-pointer with 2:49 to play.

As Maryland inbounded the ball after the 3-pointer, a foul was called on Connecticut and Huskies coach Kevin Ollie was charged with a technical foul for his reaction to the call.

Trimble made three of the free throws and Rasheed Sulaimon followed a miss by Hamilton with a nice move inside and the lead was 72-64 with 2:06 to play.

Sterling Gibbs and Shonn Miller each had 12 points for Connecticut and Rodney Purvis had 11, eight in the 16-5 spurt that made it close.

"I'm proud of my team, we worked hard defensively," head coach Mark Turgeon said. "We are going to learn from this game, especially with it being close down the stretch. This was a good win for us."

Maryland returns to College Park for a Saturday matinee with Maryland Eastern Shore at 4:15 p.m. at XFINITY Center.