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Six Terps Post Double Figures as Maryland Tops JSU

Maryland Athletics
12-12-2016
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Maryland (11-1)
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66
Maryland
JSU (5-6)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Melo Trimble staged an impressive shooting display to score 23 points, and Maryland breezed past Jacksonville State 92-66 Monday night for its fourth straight victory.

Michal Cekovsky scored 15 and freshman Justin Jackson had 12 points and six rebounds for the Terrapins (11-1), who took control late in the first half and received little resistance over the final 20 minutes. Ivan Bender added a career-high 10 points and Dion Wiley chipped in with 13 as the Terps had six players in double figures for the first time since Feb. 2, 2013 versus Wake Forest.

Trimble went 6 for 7 from the floor, including 4 for 5 from beyond the arc, and was 7 for 7 at the foul line. His only miss of the night came with just over seven minutes left, and he followed with a 3-pointer that made it 76-58.

The junior guard was coming off a five-point outing in 26 minutes against St. Peter's, though his offensive prowess wasn't needed in that 10-point win. It was his sixth game with 20 or more points this season.

Jacara Cross and Greg Tucker each scored 10 points for Jacksonville State (5-6). The Gamecocks, of the Ohio Valley Conference, are in their first season under coach Ray Harper.

Trimble scored 15 in the first half, going 5 for 5 from the field with two free throws.

The Terrapins trailed 17-14 before Trimble made a layup and a 3-pointer in a 19-3 run that turned the game around. Five different players scored in the spree, which help provide Maryland a 42-29 lead at the break.

Trimble opened the second half by making a pair of technical foul shots and Jackson added a 3-pointer to put the Terps up by 18.

The margin swelled to 20 points with 16 minutes left before the Gamecocks used a 14-4 run to get within 10. But that's as close at it got in the second half.

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon's first college head coaching job was at Jacksonville State. Turgeon took the job as a 33-year-old in 1998 and went 25-29 over two seasons, including a 17-11 mark his final season.

Maryland will return to action when it takes on Charlotte at Royal Farms Arena on Dec. 20 in Baltimore.

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