Playing on the road finally seemed to catch up with the newly ranked Maryland men's basketball team Thursday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. A double-digit lead over Iowa early in the second half was gone, as was senior center Damonte Dodd (6'11''-F), who fouled out with more than three minutes left. The young Hawkeyes had a three-point lead and Peter Jok (6'6''-G-94), the Big Ten's leading scorer. But the No. 25 Terps had Melo Trimble (6'3''-G-95), who took over the game as he has often done throughout his career and carried his own youthful team from the brink of its first Big Ten road loss to an 84-76 victory. 'It's what we've done all year. You don't get to where we are right now without winning like that and believing you're going to win those games,' Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. 'There was some doubts out there because it got really tough. Just a lot going on out there and we had to overcome it. 'But there's a huge belief system. It's great to see Melo make shots like that for us in the clutch, and that's what he's done most of his career. He hasn't done it lately, the last couple of games. For him to step up and do that was terrific. … Our belief system was good throughout.' With back-to-back 3-pointers, Trimble erased a 72-69 deficit and then helped put the game out of reach with three of four free throws in the final minute. Trimble finished with 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in leading Maryland (17-2, 5-1 Big Ten) to its third conference road win without a defeat and sole possession of first place in the league. Trimble said he didn't feel he needed to calm down his young teammates after the Hawkeyes used a 26-12 run midway through the second half to take their first lead with 5:18 left. 'Not calm things down, but be aggressive,' he said. 'I had that in my mind the whole game. … I had that aggressive mindset; keep shooting.' Maryland overcame 21 turnovers - including eight by freshman guard Anthony Cowan (6'0''-G), who added 15 points and six assists - with 23 assists. The Terps also shot 56.6 percent from the field (30-for-53), including 11-for-23 from 3-point range (5-for-9 by Trimble). 'They really kind of dominated the game for awhile, physically,' said Turgeon, whose team led by as many as 15 points in the first half, and by 14 early in the second half. 'We kept shooting ourselves in the foot. We had some unbelievable turnovers tonight. We just kept believing we were going to win.' If Trimble's consecutive 3-pointers returned Maryland to the lead, a 3-pointer by junior wing Jared Nickens to tie the game at 69 with 4:16 to play gave the Terps a jolt of much-needed confidence. It came 12 seconds after Nickens was substituted into the game during a timeout. 'He hadn't played a lot in the [second] half,' Turgeon said. 'I said, 'We're going to hit a 3 here and we're going to win this game. We've got to be the tougher team the last four minutes.' Our defense was a little better and of course Melo made two big 3s on top of it.' Jok, who injured his back in Iowa's recent road loss at Northwestern, finished with 14 points, only two of which came in the second half. Jok, who seemed to tweak his back going in for a drive late in the first half and then jammed his shoulder going for a steal in the second half, hit just four of 12 shots for Iowa (11-9, 3-4) while being guarded mostly by freshmen Kevin Huerter (6'7''-G-98) and Justin Jackson (12 points, nine rebounds, six steals, four assists, two blocks). The victory erased the harsh memory of a 16-point Maryland loss in Iowa City two years ago. It also prevented the Terps from thinking about blowing another double-digit lead in the second half, as they did when they lost at home to Nebraska on New Year's Day. 'We've been through that situation when we played Nebraska and we let up the last eight minutes. We didn't want to do it this game,' Trimble said. 'We just wanted to stay poised and continued to have fun.' Trimble had his own painful memories of the loss at Iowa when he was a freshman. He got poked in the eye by former Hawkeye center Adam Woodbury (7'1''-C-94, college: Iowa), ran into a television camera after driving to the basket and played through the pain of his own lower back injury as Jok did Thursday. This time, he could only smile. 'Before the game, I had that thought. I knew what happened here two years ago. We came in ranked [at No. 17] and they were the underdogs,' Trimble said. 'It's basketball. It's a game of runs and they made a run at the end. The good thing is, we stayed poised and we pulled out the win.' Though only a few players remain from that team, Turgeon made sure to make his younger players aware of what happened two years ago. 'It's good to talk about it. We sat in the room and talked about how bad they thumped us here two years ago,' said Turgeon, whose team fell behind 17-2 at the start and 40-17 at halftime in that loss. 'Melo was able to talk about it, some of the veterans were able to talk about how good their crowd is, how loud their crowd is and how well they play at home.' A week after the Hawkeyes upset another top-25 team - Purdue - at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Maryland somehow survived. Not that Turgeon looked at it as his team making a statement. 'Not really. It's just a long, hard grind season. You never know when you're going to win your next one, to be honest with you,' said Turgeon, whose team will be off until it plays last-place Rutgers at home Tuesday. 'Whenever you get one, we celebrate them a lot more. You hug each other and then you move on the next one.' Courtesy of: baltimoresun.com
USA Women All-Stars Top Canada In Opening Game of Tour - 2 days ago
Weng'an, China - Brittany Crain scored 16 points to lead the NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars to a 64-53 win over Canada in front of 3,841 fans in Weng'an in the opening game of a nine-game China tour. Alisia Jenkins added 11 points and eight rebounds while point guard Simone DeCoud contributed seven assists and five steals against only one turnover. Kyanna Pingue-Giles led Canada with 19 points and 11 rebounds [read more]
Weng'an, China - Brittany Crain scored 16 points to lead the NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars to a 64-53 win over Canada in front of 3,841 fans in Weng'an in the opening game of a nine-game China tour. Alisia Jenkins added 11 points and eight rebounds while point guard Simone DeCoud contributed seven assists and five steals against only one turnover. Kyanna Pingue-Giles led Canada with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
The USA All-Stars took an early 19-9 lead before the Canadians battled back to take a 26-25 lead just before halftime. Crain then hit a three-pointer to give the Americans a 28-26 lead into halftime. The Americans then outscored Canada 21-12 in the third quarter to help put the game out of reach. The USA extended the lead to 16 midway in the fourth quarter and then coasted to the win.
It was the first game the Americans played together and it showed. The USA All-Stars took 21 more shots than Canada but shot only 26-for-82 (31.7%) from the field. They did make nine three-pointers (9-of-27) with Crain drilling three and Kari Korver and Leslie Lopez-Wood two each. The Canadians had a +8 edge on the boards but that was mainly the result of the USA missing 15 more shots than Canada. The USA came up with 19 steals and forced Canada into 22 turnovers.
Rachel Mitchell was impressive defensively for the USA coming up with four early blocks and Kiara Kudron (7 rebounds) came up big in the second half with some strong rebounding. Crain also grabbed seven boards and was very active in her time on the court.
NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars Head Coach Perry Huang "I thought this was a good effort for the first time we've played together. We didn't hit our shots but I thought we played good defense most of the time in the second half and started to rebound better. We'll look for improvement in tonight's game."
China was impressive in the opener as they destroyed Lithuania 89-46. Six Chinese players scored in double-figures and they out-rebounded Lithuania by 15. China faces Canada in the first game tonight while the USA faces Lithuania in the nightcap.
ORU hires Baylor assistant Paul Mills as the next Golden Eagle basketball coach - 2 days ago
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Oral Roberts University announced the hiring of Baylor assistant Paul Mills as the next Golden Eagle head basketball coach in a press release Thursday afternoon. After 18 seasons, 328 victories, five Summit League titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances, Scott Sutton was fired by ORU President Billy Wilson on April 10. From a list of about 50 coaches who expressed interest in the position, athletic director Mike Carter is believed to have interviewed five finalists: Mills, current Go... [read more]
Oral Roberts University announced the hiring of Baylor assistant Paul Mills as the next Golden Eagle head basketball coach in a press release Thursday afternoon. After 18 seasons, 328 victories, five Summit League titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances, Scott Sutton was fired by ORU President Billy Wilson on April 10. From a list of about 50 coaches who expressed interest in the position, athletic director Mike Carter is believed to have interviewed five finalists: Mills, current Golden Eagle interim coach Rodney Perry, Iowa State assistant Daniyal Robinson, Baylor assistant Jerome Tang and North Dakota State assistant Kyan Brown. Mills has been a member of Scott Drew's Baylor staff since 2003. Last month, the Drew-coached Baylor program made its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance. A Houston native, Mills played high school basketball at Houston MacArthur and signed to play at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, but his college career was shortened by a back injury sustained during his freshman season. Mills then transferred to Texas A&M, from which he graduated in 1996 with a degree in finance. Before working at Baylor, Mills was a head coach at two Houston-area private high schools: North Belt Christian and Fort Bend Baptist Academy. According to the school's 2014 990 form, Sutton was being paid almost $435,000 per year. ORU is a private school and not obligated to release the details of its employee contracts, but it is believed that the university entered the search process with a preference of not paying a new coach more than $250,000 a year. A source said ORU may not go beyond three years on a contract. The NCAA Division I standard for head-coaching contracts is a five-year deal. Courtesy of: tulsaworld.com
Farokhmanesh headed to Drake as assistant coach - 2 days ago
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Nebraska basketball staffer Ali Farokhmanesh is headed back to the Missouri Valley Conference. Thursday reports of Nebraska's director of player relations and development heading to Drake became reality Friday, as the Huskers made Farokhmanesh's hiring as an assistant coach official with a news release. Farokhmanesh will be the third assistant on Niko Medved 's new staff at Drake, joining Dave Thorson and JR Blount. It will be the former Northern Iowa star's first on-the-court coaching jo... [read more]
Nebraska basketball staffer Ali Farokhmanesh is headed back to the Missouri Valley Conference. Thursday reports of Nebraska's director of player relations and development heading to Drake became reality Friday, as the Huskers made Farokhmanesh's hiring as an assistant coach official with a news release. Farokhmanesh will be the third assistant on Niko Medved 's new staff at Drake, joining Dave Thorson and JR Blount. It will be the former Northern Iowa star's first on-the-court coaching job. Medved, a former assistant to Tim Miles at Colorado State, was hired by Drake May 26 after a four-year stint at Furman. "It is with mixed emotions that I will be leaving the University of Nebraska to accept an assistant coaching position at Drake University,' Farokhmanesh said in a news release. "I want to thank Coach Miles for the incredible opportunity to be a part of Husker basketball. It has been an honor to work with Shawn Eichorst and Marc Boehm, who have allowed me to be a part of a very special university and athletic department. I will always be grateful for the experience of working with Coach Miles and his staff. Under their leadership and trust, I have grown as a person and as a coach. I have had a remarkable three years at Nebraska with some very special student-athletes, and I will cherish those relationships. This program will go on to do great things." Farokhmanesh recently completed his third season on the Husker staff, first joining the Huskers in 2014 as a graduate manager before being promoted to his latest role prior to the 2016-17 season. According to his bio, Farokhmanesh played a major role in creating and implementing a mentoring program, as well as coordinating community outreach with Nebraska's Life Skills staff. He also assisted with recruiting, including on-campus hosting duties. Farokhmanesh, of course, is a legend in The Valley and the state of Iowa after helping lead Northern Iowa to a 30-5 record and a spot in the Sweet 16 in 2010. His three-pointer against Kansas with 34 seconds to go that sealed the Panthers' 69-67 upset landed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated and cemented his place as a March Madness legend. Courtesy of: journalstar.com
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