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Melo Trimble Beats Michigan State, Secures Future Banner in College Park

Photo by Jonathan Newton of the Washington Post

Photo by Jonathan Newton of the Washington Post

Maryland fans might have seen Melo Trimble for the last time ever at Xfinity Center Saturday afternoon and he didn’t let them down. The junior guard calmly knocked down a game-winning three pointer in front of 17,950 of his closest friends and family to give Maryland an enormous win over a surging Michigan State.

The win secured Maryland a double-bye in the Big Ten Tournament that will take place just 15 miles from their home in College Park, but it also cemented Trimble as one greatest Terps of all-time.

Trimble has scored 1,626 points through just three seasons, 13th all-time in Maryland history and just over 100 points away from climbing into the top 10.

He has hit several iconic shots including this one against Wisconsin:

This physics-defying one against Rutgers:

And then todays, the biggest shot of Mark Turgeon’s tenure as the Maryland head coach and possibly the last points Trimble will ever score in front of his home crowd:

As Trimble left the floor with his teammates, he was showered by the chant, “one more year.” Only time will tell if Melo will come back to College Park as #2 will have yet another tough decision in the coming months.

I have been lucky to watch Melo Trimble play in person 24 times and on tv another 70 or so, over the three year stretch, which will see Maryland’s third straight NCAA appearance after a four year absence from the dance. And if indeed his last points in Xfinity Center were those 3, myself and every other person who was in the building, will never forget what will be known as “the Melo shot.”

 

Scott Zolotorow