Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sports Briefs: No. 14 Maryland Blows Away Illinois in Home Finale

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sports Briefs: No. 14 Maryland Blows Away Illinois in Home Finale

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NO. 14 MARYLAND BLOWS AWAY ILLINOIS IN HOME FINALE: At College Park, Md., Melo Trimble and Jake Layman scored 18 points each, and No. 14 Maryland closed out its home schedule with its best game in weeks, an 81-55 rout of Illinois on Thursday night.

Jared Nickens and Robert Carter Jr. had 14 points apiece for the Terrapins, who never trailed. Maryland (24-6, 12-5 Big Ten) had lost three of four since climbing to No. 2 in the AP poll in early February.

Maverick Morgan reached career highs with 21 points and 10 rebounds for Illinois (13-17, 5-12).

NO. 24 SMU DESTROYS UCONN: At Dallas, Sterling Brown scored 20 points and No. 24 SMU beat Connecticut 80-54 on Thursday night.

SMU (25-4, 13-4 American Athletic Conference) remained tied with Temple for the conference lead. …

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