Trimble scores 22 as No. 25 Maryland beats American 62-56

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Melo Trimble scored 22 points, freshman Anthony Cowan added 12 and No. 25 Maryland needed a strong finish to slip past American 62-56 on Friday night.

After losing four starters from a squad that reached the Sweet 16, the Terrapins opened a new season with a lackluster performance. Coach Mark Turgeon has a 16-man roster containing nine freshmen, and he spent much of the game looking for the right combination.

American led 47-43 with 7:34 remaining before Maryland finally played to form. Trimble – the lone returning starter – made two baskets in the lane to spark a 7-0 run.

After Charlie Jones scored for the Eagles, L.G. Gill made two free throws and freshman Kevin Huerter buried a 3-pointer from the left side for a 55-49 lead.