Maryland primed to meet Georgetown for second straight season

November 15, 2016 | WNST Staff


The Maryland men’s basketball team takes on Georgetown in the 2016 Gavitt Games Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Verizon Center.

• A total of 10 Terps saw action in Maryland’s season-opening win over American, 62-56, last Friday night. Freshmen Anthony Cowan, Kevin Huerter and Justin Jackson as well as senior transfer L.G. Gill all saw their first action as Terrapins.

• Cowan and Huerter became the first freshman duo to start in a Maryland season-opener since Joe Smith and Keith Booth on Nov. 26, 1993 vs. Georgetown. Cowan scored 12 points and added nine rebounds while Huerter posted six points and six rebounds. Jackson notched nine boards as the Terps outrebounded American, 44-22. Melo Trimble led all scorers with 22 points.

• Maryland leads the all-time series with Georgetown, 37-27. Melo Trimble scored 24 points in a rousing 75-71 victory over Georgetown at XFINITY Center on Nov. 17, 2015 in the last meeting between the neighborhood rivals. Maryland and Georgetown played each other every season from 1947 to 1976. Freshman Anthony Cowan previously served as a ball boy for Georgetown as a youngster.

• The Gavitt Tipoff Games is an annual series between the Big Ten and BIG EAST Conferences and named in honor of Dave Gavitt, founder of the BIG EAST and basketball visionary. The series is in its second year and will span eight years with games being played on home sites. The Games will be played in the first full week of the college basketball season.

• Junior guard Melo Trimble led the Terps in scoring (14.8 ppg), assists (5.0 apg), free throw percentage (.868) and steals (44) last season as Maryland advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2003. The Upper Marlboro, Md., native joins Naismith National Player of the Year Joe Smith as one of only two Terrapins to notch 500 or more points in each of their first two seasons in College Park.