Trimble Leads #6 Terps Past UMES

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Melo Trimble scored 18 points and Rasheed Sulaimon added 10 assists as the No. 6 Maryland men's basketball team defeated Maryland Eastern Shore, 77-56, Saturday in front of a sellout crowd at XFINITY Center.

Following a first half in which the Terps missed 15 of 26 shots from the field and led by only 35-26, coach Mark Turgeon called for a 1-3-1 press. In addition to forcing five turnovers, Maryland (9-1) made its first eight shots from the field during a 27-11 run that increased the lead to 62-40.

"It's just pressuring the ball," said Trimble, who contributed three 3-pointers to the surge. "That pretty much got us going, offensively and defensively."

Maryland didn't miss a field goal try in the second half until Michal Cekovsky missed a layup with 8:45 remaining. Cekovsky finished with seven points off the bench, one of six Terps to post seven or more points on the night.

It was 69-46 with 5:35 left, and the Terps coasted from there. Maryland shot 63 percent in the second half and finished 21 for 24 from the free throw line.

"Good win for us," Turgeon said. "We weren't great all the time but we were good enough in stretches. At the start of the second half we looked good because we made shots."

Dominique Elliott led UMES (1-9) with 20 points on 8-for-12 shooting.

Coming off a 78-35 thrashing by No. 1 Michigan State, the Hawks put up a far better fight in this one -- especially in the first half.

"Trimble got going and made some big shots and kind of took the game away from us," coach Bobby Collins said. "But I'm just proud of the effort and of how my guys performed today."

Sulaimon had a career-high 10 assists for Maryland and Diamond Stone added 12 points and six rebounds. The Terrapins have won three straight since their lone loss, at North Carolina, and now face a week of exams before playing again.

Maryland returns to action when it travels to Baltimore for a tilt with Princeton Saturday at 7 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena.