PUERTO AVENTURAS, Mexico (AP) Rasheed Sulaimon scored 18 points and Melo Trimble added 15 to help No. 2 Maryland beat Illinois State 77-66 on Tuesday night in the Cancun Challenge.
With the game tied at 62, back-to-back 3-pointers by Jared Nickens and Sulaimon gave the Terrapins (4-0) a six-point cushion with 3:45 left.
The Redbirds (2-3) tried to rally, but too many turnovers (17) hampered them.
MiKyle McIntosh scored 17 points and Paris Lee added 15 for Illinois State.
Maryland will face Rhode Island for the Riviera Division title on Wednesday. Illinois State plays TCU in the consolation game.
This story has been corrected to indicate Sulaimon scored 18 points, not 16.