Terps Defeat Hurricanes, 74-71
Enduring a hurricane is no easy task.
The Maryland basketball team did just that on Wednesday night as they endured the Miami Hurricane’s (10-10, 2-6 ACC) late run and came out on top in a great ACC match-up.
So far this season, no one player for Maryland (12-9, 4-4 ACC) has emerged as a superstar. It seems as though all the great teams have at least one. It’s the guy you can count on night-in and night-out to do whatever it takes to point his team in a position to win.
The superstars of Maryland’s past include names like Juan Dixon, Greivis Vasquez and Len Bias. Last night, a new Terrapins star might have been born.
Ever since Dez Wells transferred from Xavier to Maryland, he has always been a dynamic player when he wants to. This season, many were looking to him as the leader and star of the team. He’s had some great games but has yet to shine when it counted most.
Last night, after tallying two early fouls, Wells rode the bench and went into halftime with zero points.
But, in the second half, everything was different.
Wells caught fire and scored 21 points including the game-winning three-point shot that can be seen below.
Mark Turgeon was really happy that Dez was able to go out and produce in the second half.
“[Dez Wells] was feeling good.” ”He made some tough shots in the second half. He really played well out there. I was happy for him.”
His performance against Miami was nothing less than of one who was born to be a star. Let’s hope that Dez Wells can continue to play with that kind of drive and passion from here on out.
This game was a must-win for the Terps who needed to find a spark on their home court after dropping a close one to Pitt in their previous game.
Maryland went on a 15-4 run in the final 8:37 minutes of the game and seemed to be running away with a win as many Terrapin fans began to leave before the final buzzerr.
But, the Terps blew a 10-point lead over the final two-and-a-half minutes and gave the Hurricanes hope. What little hope Miami had was then extinguished by Dez Wells game-winning three.
Check out more highlights from the game below.
Maryland will travel to Blacksburg, VA to take on the Hokies of Virginia Tech on Saturday, February 1 at noon. Does this win help the Terps gain some momentum as they head out on the road?