NEW YORK (AP) Melo Trimble scored a season-high 25 points and freshman Diamond Stone had 16 as No. 6 Maryland took a 20-point lead in the first half and went on to beat Connecticut 76-66 on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.
The Terrapins (8-1) used their size up front to dominate the rebounding, 45-24, including 23-9 on the offensive end. Robert Carter had 11 rebounds and Stone grabbed nine for the Terps.
Daniel Hamilton had a season-high 23 points for the Huskies (5-3), who have lost three of four.
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Maryland took its biggest lead of the game at 34-14 on a 3-pointer by Jared Nickens with 4:54 left in the first half. The Terrapins led 38-22 at halftime, outrebounding the Huskies 25-12.
Connecticut had one last rush and the Huskies got within 67-64 when Hamilton capped a 16-5 run with a 3-pointer with 2:49 to play.
As Maryland inbounded the ball after the 3-pointer, a foul was called on Connecticut and Huskies coach Kevin Ollie was charged with a technical foul for his reaction to the call.
Trimble made three of the free throws and Rasheed Sulaimon followed a miss by Hamilton with a nice move inside and the lead was 72-64 with 2:06 to play.
Sterling Gibbs and Shonn Miller each had 12 points for Connecticut and Rodney Purvis had 11, eight in the 16-5 spurt that made it close.
Connecticut: This was the Huskies' second appearance in the Jimmy V Classic. They lost to North Carolina State in 2012. … Connecticut leads the all-time series with Maryland 4-3. … The Huskies have a record of 61-53 at Madison Square Garden.
Maryland: The Terrapins are 12-6 all-time at The Garden. … Maryland came into the game shooting 54.5 percent from the field and 39.8 percent from 3-point range.
Connecticut hosts Ohio State on Saturday.
Maryland hosts Maryland-Eastern Shore on Saturday.