Maryland rules inside in win over UConn
NEW YORK — 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.
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.
NO. 10 VIRGINIA 70, NO. 14 WEST VIRGINIA 54: At New York, Anthony Gill had season highs of 20 points and 12 rebounds in Virginia's win in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. In the first game between the schools in 30 years, the Cavaliers (8-1) had trouble all game with West Virginia's pressure and switching defenses. They trailed by as many as 12 points late in the first half. Virginia shot 73.7 percent (14 of 19) in the second half and 62.8 percent (27 for 43) for the game.
NO. 12 XAVIER 90, WRIGHT STATE 55: At Cincinnati, Trevon Bluiett scored a career-high 22 points, and Xavier went on a 25-point run during a runaway victory that moved the Musketeers to 9-0 for the first time in seven years. Bluiett also had 11 rebounds in his second straight double-double and his third of the season. Xavier pulled ahead by 42 points before resting its starters down the stretch.
NO. 16 BAYLOR 75, NORTHWESTERN STATE 62: At Waco, Texas, Rico Gathers scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 21 rebounds for Baylor. Gathers was 12 of 20 from the field in his fourth consecutive double-double and had a season high in rebounds, although it was well short of his career high of 28 against Huston-Tillotson last January.
NO. 17 MIAMI 66, FLORIDA 55: At Coral Gables, Fla., Sheldon McClellan scored 24 points, and Miami overcame an off night offensively with scrappy defense. The Hurricanes held Florida to 39 percent shooting, including 1 for 12 from 3-point range. Miami shot a season-low 39 percent overall, but made 7 of 17 3-pointers and shot 79 percent from the free-throw line.
NO. 19 SMU 82, MICHIGAN 58: At Dallas, Jordan Tolbert got most of his 23 points on rim-rattling slam dunks and had nine rebounds as SMU stayed undefeated. Nic Moore had 15 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers before assisting on consecutive dunks by Tolbert during a 13-2 run late in the first half that put the Mustangs (7-0) in total control. Tolbert had nine dunks and finished 11-of-12 shooting.
NO. 20 GONZAGA 61, MONTANA 58: At Spokane, Wash., Kyle Wiltjer and Domantas Sabonis each scored 16 points, and Gonzaga held on for the win. Wiltjer made two free throws with 7.5 seconds left. A 3-point attempt by Montana's Brandon Gfeller bounced off the front rim as time expired. Sabonis had 10 rebounds and Wiltjer nine for the Bulldogs (6-2).