COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Sporting Alert) — Melo Trimble and Dez Wells combined for 32 points and No. 14 Maryland picked up a 66-56 victory over Michigan on Saturday to continue their impressive late season form.
Trimble, who went 3-of-4 from 3-point range, led the way for Maryland with 19 points, five assists and four rebounds, while Wells was 6-of-11 from the floor and finished with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists.
The Terrapins (24-5, 12-4), who close out the first half by scoring 12 straight points and took a 30-21 lead at halftime, never trailed after the interval, despite Michigan starting the second half strongly.
Zak Irvin and Spike Albrecht reached scored 15 points to lead the Wolverines (14-14, 7-9), who were losing for the sixth time in seven games.
The win saw Maryland, which upset No. 5 Wisconsin earlier this week, going unbeaten at home in Big Ten league action this season, while completing their home fixtures with an impressive 18-1 record.
The only defeat on home turf this season came on December 3 against the then-No. 7 Virginia, which is now ranked second in the country.
The Terrapins were 44.7 percent from the floor on 21-of-47 shooting, while going 50 percent on 11-of-22 from 3-point range.
Michigan shot 19-of-52 from the floor for 36.5 percent and was only 5-of-21 from long-range in the defeat.
The Wolverines will next face Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Tuesday night, while Maryland will travel to take on Rutgers on the same night.
Also on Saturday, at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Florida, No. 17 Louisville eased to an 81-59 victory over a struggling Florida State.
Wayne Blackshear grabbed 18 points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks and Montrezl Harrell added 16 points and four boards for the Cardinals (23-6, 11-5 ACC), who won three straight.
Anton Gill was also a useful contributor for the travelers after he hit all five of his shots from the floor, including 4-of-4 from beyond the arc to finish with 14 points in the win.
Quentin Snider scored 11 points and Terry Rozier chipped in with an all-round performance of 10 points, nine assists and six steals for Louisville, which shot 31-of-64 for 48.4 percent on the day.
Montay Brandon scored 13 points on 5 of 6 shooting and pulled down five rebounds and Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Devon Bookert each added 12 points for the Seminoles (15-15, 7-10 ACC), who struggled to take care of the ball throughout the game and ended with 21 turnovers.
Boris Bojanovsky had 11 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals off the bench for Florida State, which dropped three games in a row, including two at home.
OTHER TOP 25 WINS
Meanwhile, there were also wins on the day for No. 1 Kentucky, No. 4 Duke and No. 6 Villanova.
However, BYU upset No. 3 Gonzaga, No. 12 Iowa State were stunned by Kansas State, while No. 22 Virginia Commonwealth were beaten by Dayton.
Top 25 Games and Results on Feb. 28
(1) Kentucky 84, (18) Arkansas 67
(2) Virginia 69, Virginia Tech 57
BYU 73, (3) Gonzaga 70
(4) Duke 73, Syracuse 54
(6) Villanova 78, Xavier 66
(7) Arizona 63, (13) Utah 57
(8) Kansas 69, Texas 64
(11) Wichita St 74, (10) Northern Iowa 60
Kansas St 70, (12) Iowa State 69
(14) Maryland 66, Michigan 56
(15) North Carolina 73, Miami (FL) 64
(16) Oklahoma 67, TCU 60
(17) Louisville 81, Florida St 59
(19) Baylor 78, (20) West Virginia 66
Dayton 59, (22) Virginia Commonwealth 55
(23) Butler 67, DePaul 53
Boise State 56, (24) San Diego St 46 Box Score