Maryland Snags Win in Final Minutes, Chambers Slapped with $10,000 Fine

Maryland Snags Win in Final Minutes, Chambers Slapped with $10,000 Fine

Maryland Recap

Although the Lions(15-11) were able to recover from a 13-point deficit late in the second half, they were not able to capture the lead and fell to Maryland(21-5), 76-73.

Senior DJ Newbill hit another milestone as he had double figure scoring for the 100th time in his career. With a team-high 25 points, his efforts combined with Geno Thorpe’s 12 first-half points helped the Lions stay ahead for the majority of the first half, and finish one point ahead at the break. Maryland came out strong in the second half with 11 points in the opening 3 minutes of the half. The Terrapins garnered a 13 point lead, but it soon fell to six after seven unanswered points by the Lions.

Ranked number 19 in the country, the Terrapins have proved themselves to be one of the top teams in the B1G. However, this was the first win on the road for the team since early January. In the postgame conference, Maryland freshman Melo Trimble said that this was a “need-win game” for the Terps.

Foul Call and Chambers

A controversial call late in the game may have had a significant impact on the outcome. With just under 2 minutes left in the game, and Maryland up 78-60, Jordan Dickerson was called for an offensive foul when Terrapin forward Evan Smotrycz pulled him down. This was Dickerson’s fifth of the night. Maryland was now up four, a big setback to the Lions who were close to tying the game.

True to his character, in the postgame conference head coach Pat Chambers went off on the officials about the call.

“That was the worst call I’ve seen in my entire life,” said Chambers. “ is too young. He doesn’t have a feel for the game. He shouldn’t call that foul,” he commented.

He went on to complain about the fact that Trimble went to the line 12 times during the game, and had he not said anything to the officials about that, “Newbill would have never got to the foul line.” Newbill went the foul line nine times, making six, and Trimble went 12 for 12.

Because of his comments in the conference, the B1G has fined him $10,000. The Conference said that Chambers was in violation of the Big Ten Conference Agreement 10.01 which states that officials and opponents should be treated with respect to promote good sportsmanship. This fine meets the standard amount for publicly questioning officials.

Penn State has been rallying behind Chambers after this penalty and even started crowdfunding to help pay the fine. Although it will likely not be accepted to pay the fine, Onward State reported that it will donate the funds raised to the Penn State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes.