COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Melo Trimble returned to form, the seniors excelled in their home finale and No. 14 Maryland played its best game in weeks.
"Just a feel-good night," coach Mark Turgeon said after the Terrapins hammered Illinois 81-55 Thursday. "It's fun to have some like that every now and then."
Trimble and Jake Layman scored 18 each 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 Associated Press poll in early February.
Trimble made half of his 14 shots, had eight rebounds and five assists. The sophomore guard was 11-for-37 from the field over the previous four games.
"I really needed that. I just needed to see a shot go down, feel myself so happy again," he said. "I haven't been smiling the way I used to in a while. I just had to look in the mirror and see that I had an okay smile."
Jared Nickens and Robert Carter had 14 points apiece for the Terps, who earned a double-bye in the league tournament.
ATLANTIC SUN: Marc-Eddy Norelia poured in 23 and grabbed 13 rebounds as visiting Florida Gulf Coast, the tournament's No. 4 seed, upset the league's regular-season champion and No. 1 seed North Florida 89-56 to advance to the title game. On Sunday, the Eagles (19-13), as the highest remaining seed, host No. 7 seed Stetson (12-21), which upset No. 6 Lipscomb.
SEC: Makayla Epps and Janee Thompson scored 17 apiece to lead No. 13 Kentucky to a 79-71 win over LSU in the second round at Jacksonville. Fifth-seeded UK (22-6) faces fourth-seeded and No. 25-ranked Florida (22-7) in today's quarterfinals.
ACC: Adrienne Motley scored 19, Keyona Hayes made all nine of her shots for 18 points and No. 21 Miami defeated Pittsburgh 77-55 in the second round at Greensboro, N.C. The fifth-seeded Hurricanes (23-7) face No. 14 Florida State (23-6), the fourth seed, in today's quarterfinals.
HONORS FOR BULLS: USF senior Courtney Williams was a unanimous All-AAC first-team selection by the league's coaches for a second straight season. Williams (21.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.8 assists) was among three unanimous picks, joining Connecticut's Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson. The Bulls' Kitija Laksa, whose 70 3-pointers led the AAC, was a second-team pick and unanimous choice for All-Freshman team. Senior Alisia Jenkins, the program's career rebounding leader, made third team. Fifth-year senior point guard Shalethia Stringfield, a survivor of two ACL surgeries, was named sixth player of the year. The conference's player of the year and freshman of the year will be announced this afternoon.
Times staff writer Joey Knight contributed to this report.