COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Melo Trimble scored 20 points and led Maryland four players in double-digit scoring, and the Terrapins rolled past Illinois 84-59 on Tuesday.
The game was the Big Ten opener for both sides.
TRIMBLE LEADS THE WAY
Trimble, who is averaging 17.9 points per game, shot 7 of 10 from the floor on his way to scoring 20 or more points for the third successive game.
Jaylen Brantley added 13 points and five assists off the bench, while Anthony Cowan finished with 12 points, six assists and three steals for the Terrapins (13-1), who were winning six straight games since losing 73-59 against Pittsburgh on Nov 29.
Justin Jackson supported with 12 points for Maryland, which shot 33 of 59 from the floor for 55.9 percent.
Malcolm Hill led Illinois with 21 points on 6 for 10 shooting to go along with seven rebounds as the Fighting Illini suffered their fifth consecutive road loss, which dated back to last season.
Mike Thorne Jr. was the only other player scoring in double-digit in the defeat for Illinois (10-4) which had their six-game winning streak snapped.
MARYLAND PLAYED MUCH BETTER
“Hats off to Maryland they did terrific and beat us in every aspect of the game today,” said Illinois head coach John Groce.
“I was disappointed in that because we have been playing great over the last month.
“We had really practiced well over the break and had put in a lot of work over the last three days which I was proud of. But today we just fell apart, combined with Maryland playing really well,” Groce added.
Junior forward/center Michal Cekovsky, who is averaging 10 points per game and senior postman Damonte Dodd both missed the game for Maryland.
Cekovsky sat out the game to rest his left ankle injury, while Dodd was unavailable again for his fifth consecutive game due to a sprained left knee ligament.
Meanwhile, Illinois, which was losing its Big Ten opener for the fourth time in five years, shot 21 for 59 for only 35.6 percent, while going 4 for 22 from long-range for a mere 18.2 percent.
Maryland will stay at home on Sunday to host Nebraska in its next game.
Illinois will next face Ohio State on Sunday in the Buckeyes’ Big Ten conference opener.