K-State Falls Late to No. 23 Maryland, 69-68


GAME RECAP

68

69

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
5-1 (0-0 Big 12)

RV/23
MARYLAND
TERRAPINS
7-0 (0-0 Big Ten)

LEADERS:
D. Johnson: 26pts, 8rebs
W. Iwundu: 16pts, 11rebs, 3asts
B. Brown: 13pts, 1reb, 1ast

LEADERS:
M. Trimble: 18pts, 2rebs, 1ast
M. Cekovsky: 16pts, 8rebs, 1blk
J. Justin: 11pts, 4rebs, 4blks

TEAM 1ST 2ND F
K-State 29 39 68
Maryland 35 34 69

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Senior All-American candidate Melo Trimble’s driving lay-up with 6.6 seconds capped a furious comeback by No. 23 Maryland in the final 25 seconds, as the Terrapins rallied past Kansas State, 69-68, for the Barclays Center Classic Championship before 5,011 fans at the Barclays Center on Saturday night.

Trimble, who finished with a team-high 18 points on 6-of-11 field goals, scored the last six points for the unbeaten Terrapins (7-0), including the game’s final four points. He also had eight of the team’s last 10 points.

The loss spoiled an incredible effort from senior forward D.J. Johnson, who poured in a career-high 26 points on 10-of-18 field goals to go with eight rebounds and two steals in 29 minutes. Fellow senior Wesley Iwundu was also impressive in the contest, collecting his sixth career double-double with a 16 points and a career-best 11 rebounds. Sophomores Barry Brown and Kamau Stokes registered double-digits with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

The Wildcats (5-1) led 68-65 with 1:35 to play after a lay-up from Johnson and had possession of the ball twice down the stretch, including with 54 seconds left after Johnson corralled his sixth offensive rebound. However, an errant inbound pass by Stokes was stolen by Trimble and converted into a lay-up after a Maryland timeout to cut the gap to 68-67 with 21 seconds. Iwundu was fouled with 14 seconds, but missed the front end of a 1-and-1 from the free throw line to set up the final sequence.

For the second consecutive game, K-State got its offense going in the second half after a slow first half, as the team connected on 55.6 percent (15-of-27) of its field goals, including 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from 3-point range. For the game, the Wildcats shot 45 percent (27-of-60), including 26.7 percent (4-of-15) from beyond the arc. The Terrapins were slightly better, knocking down 45.5 percent (25-of-55) and 29.4 percent (5-of-17) from long range.

Brown and Johnson were both named to the Barclays Center Classic All-Tournament team.

The Basics
Final Score: rv/23 Maryland 69, Kansas State 68
Records: Kansas State 5-1, 0-0 Big 12 // Maryland 7-0, 0-0 Big Ten
Attendance: 5,011
Next Game: Wednesday, Nov. 30 // vs. Green Bay // 7 p.m. CT // FOX Sports Kansas City

The Short Story
Behind a stellar effort from guard Melo Trimble, No. 23 Maryland was able to rally past K-State, 69-68, to win the 2016 Barclays Center Classic Championship on Saturday night at the Barclays Center.
Trimble scored eight of the Terrapins’ last 10 points, including the last six, to secure the comeback win.
The loss spoiled an impressive effort from seniors D.J. Johnson and Wesley Iwundu, who combined for 42 points, including a career-best 26 from Johnson and a double-double from Iwundu.
Sophomores Barry Brown (13) and Kamau Stokes (11) also registered double figures, as the quartet combined to score 66 of the Wildcats’ 68 points.

How It Happened | First Half
Maryland jumped out quickly, hitting 5 of its first 9 field goals to take an 11-6 lead at the first media timeout at the 14:55 mark. K-State started just 2-of-9 from the field.
The Wildcats responded with a spurt of their own, using an 8-0 run take a 14-11 lead on an old-fashioned 3-point play from Brown at the 12:50 mark.
The Terrapins hit right back, scoring five straight points to take a 16-14 edge at the second media timeout.
K-State was able to close the gap to 21-20 on a jumper from Iwundu at the 7:28 mark, but a 4-point play from Trimble helped Maryland to a 25-20 lead just one minute later.
The Terrapins were able to carry the momentum into a 35-29 advantage at halftime, knocking down 8-of-11 free throws down the stretch.
Maryland connected on 44.4 percent (12-of-27) from the field in the first half, while K-State made just 36.4 percent (12-of-33) of its field goals, which included eight misses from long range.
Johnson (11) and Iwundu (11) combined for 22 of the Wildcats’ 29 points on 9-of-16 shooting.

How It Happened | Second Half

K-State was able to cut the gap early in the half, closing to 37-36 on a dunk by Iwundu at the 16:16 mark.
Maryland was able to respond with five straight points to push the lead back to 42-36 on a Trimble layup.
The Wildcats again closed to within a bucket at 46-44 on a Brown layup with 11:39 remaining.
The Terrapins once again pushed the lead back out, taking as much as a 6-point lead three times over the next three minutes, lastly at 54-48 with 8:25 play after a lay-up by L.G. Gill.
K-State finally got on track from 3-point range as Stokes connected on back-to-back treys to knot the game at 54-54 all at the 6:50 mark.
A Stokes’ jumper then gave the Wildcats their first lead of the second half at 58-56 with 4:44 to play. It was the first lead for the squad since it was 14-13 at the 11:37 mark of the first half.
The teams went back and forth over the next few possessions before Stokes’ third 3-pointer of the half gave K-State its largest lead at 64-61 with 2:49 remaining.
After trading points from the free throw line, a Johnson lay-up once again provided a 3-point edge at 68-65 with just 95 seconds left.
A missed Maryland 3-pointer gave the Wildcats a chance to close things out, but a missed trey by Brown and subsequent turnover by Stokes on errant inbounds play helped spark the comeback.
Trimble closed the gap to 68-67 with a lay-up with 21 seconds then after an Iwundu miss from the free throw line he completed the comeback with a lay-up and was fouled with 6.6 ticks.
K-State had one last chance after a missed Trimble free throw, but Brown’s shot rolled off at the buzzer.
The Wildcats shot 55.6 percent (15-of-27) from the field, including 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from 3-point range, in the second half, while the Terrapins connected on 46.4 percent (13-of-28). The team has connected on better than 50 percent of their field goals in 7 of the last 11 halves.
Johnson (15) and Stokes (11) combined for 26 of the team’s 39 points after halftime on 9-of-13 shooting.

Beyond the Boxscore
K-State lost in the championship game of an in-season tournament for the third time in head coach Bruce Weber’s tenure, including the second consecutive season after losing to No. 9 North Carolina, 80-70, in the 2015 CBE Hall of Fame Classic Championship Game.
K-State has connected on at least 44 percent of its field goals in each of its first six games.
K-State has now hit at least one 3-pointer in 278 consecutive games dating back to the 2008-09 season… In a weird twist, the Wildcats went a combined 0-of-18 from 3-point range in the first half of its two games at the Barclays Center and 11-of-20 (.550) from long range in the second half.
K-State fell to 32-9 under coach Bruce Weber when at least four players score in double figures… The Wildcats had at least three double-digit scorers for the sixth consecutive game, including the fourth game with four double-figure scorers.
Johnson posted his third career 20-point game with all three such games coming in his last 11 games dating back to last season… He collected double-figure points for the 18th time.
Iwundu collected his sixth career double-double, including his first of the season.
Brown is the only Wildcat to have registered double figures in all six games this season.

Quotable
“Obviously, it was a heartbreaking loss for us,” said head coach Bruce Weber. “We played with a lot of heart and determination in the second half. We gave ourselves a chance, but we made some mistakes down the stretch. It’s amazing what Maryland does. This is the fourth or fifth game they’ve come from behind and found a way to win it. Obviously, Melo (Trimble) made some big plays when it mattered most. It’s disappointing, but I’m proud of our guys’ effort. D.J. (Johnson) and Wes (Iwundu) both played their hearts out and had tremendous performances. Our two sophomores – Kamau Stokes and Barry Brown –really stepped up in the second half. Now, we’re going to go home, grow up and get better.”

Up Next
K-State returns home to Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday, November 30, as the Wildcats play host to Green Bay (4-2) at 7 p.m. CT. Tickets are available starting at $10, while fans can take advantage of the Bramlage Bundle for just $20, which includes a general admission/bench ticket, $10 concessions voucher and a souvenir from the K-State Super Store. The contest will be televised on FOX Sports Kansas City (state of Kansas, Kansas City area), K-StateHD.TV and ESPN3 (outside of state of Kansas).