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November 28, 2014
The 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic, concluded with the final Host Round matchup being played between Maryland and Monmouth. Despite poor shooting from both teams, Maryland was able complete a perfect four game run in the Classic by outlasting Monmouth, 61-56, at the XFINITY Center in College Park, MD.
Monmouth was ready for the battle in the early going as the game was tied 5-5 at the 16:17 mark in the first half, but Maryland went on a 14-3 run over the next 3:30 to open up an 11-point lead. The Terrapins were able to force three turnovers on the Hawks and scored eight points off those turnovers during that run. The Terps stretched their lead out to 16 with 2:02 left in the half before Monmouth went on a 8-2 run to close the half and Maryland took a 32-22 lead in to the locker room. Maryland was able to capitalize on Monmouth’s mistakes as they held a 15-0 advantage in points off of turnovers for the half.
In the second half, it was the Hawks who took advantage of turnovers as they held a 10-3 advantage in that category. Behind those conversions, Monmouth consistently made pushes to close the Maryland lead. Maryland was able to hold off those advances still leading by ten, 50-40, with 4:53 remaining. But Monmouth mounted a charge once again and cut the Terp lead to one twice in the last minute. Melo Trimble hit four free throws in the final 17 seconds and Maryland held on for the five-point victory. The overall difference in the game ended up being at the free throw line as both teams shot better than 80% from the line, but Maryland went 21-for-26 while Monmouth shot 16-for-20.
Maryland (6-0) again got a stellar effort from freshman guard and Classic MVP Melo Trimble as he scored a game-high 24 points. Junior forward Jake Layman chipped in with 14 points for the Terrapins. Monmouth (2-3) had a pair of 11-point scorers as junior guard Deon Jones and senior reserve guard Max DiLeo led the Hawks in scoring.
Check back in the spring of 2015 to this website for announcements of the host teams and additional participants in the 2015 CBE Hall of Fame Classic with the host teams to play in the semifinals in Kansas City, MO on Monday, November 23rd and the Consolation and Championship games on Tuesday, November 24, 2015.
About the CBE Hall of Fame Classic
The CBE Hall of Fame Classic is named after the College Basketball Experience, the award-winning and highly interactive college basketball fan facility adjacent to Sprint Center, which also features the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Opened in October 2007, the College Basketball Experience is the nation's only facility that celebrates, in its entirety, the sport of men's collegiate basketball. The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame hosts an Induction Celebration on the Sunday before the tournament, celebrating Hall of Fame collegiate careers. The tournament, in partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), was initially established in 2001 as the Guardians Classic.
Founded in 1927, the NABC, since its inception, has acted as a guardian of the game of basketball by furthering the best interests of the game as well as the players and coaches who participate. The NABC engages in many efforts to enhance the college basketball experience for players, coaches and fans.
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Liz Woerth, Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc.