Dezmine Wells Powers Maryland Terrapins vs. Rutgers


Dezmine Wells dazzled with a double-double performance that led to a 60-50 Maryland Terrapins victory over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Wells had 20 points and 10 rebounds in the win. 

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Maryland was good on the offensive glass and had the game of runs on their side. Because of the win, the Terps clinch a double bye in the Big Ten Tournament which means they automatically play in the quarterfinal round.

At the 7:08 mark, the score was 21-18 Terps as Damonte Dodd grabbed an offensive rebound and layup. As time ticked down, Maryland had a seven point lead thanks to one three corner three ball made by Jake Layman off of a Melo Trimble pass out of the lane. The next three pointer came off the dribble from Dion Wiley. The halftime score was 31-23. Wells had eight points and five rebounds in addition to driving the lane and giving the crowd a highlight-reel slam. Here’s Dez in flight:

The Terps lead was cut to seven, 43-36 with under 13 minutes to go in the game and Rutgers kept coming. Rutgers cut the lead to five with 9:04 to go thanks to a Myles Mack spinning layup in the lane. He followed that two great plays: a block on defense and a deep three pointer with under 10 seconds remaining on the shot clock. This tied the score at 45 with 6:01 remaining in the game.

Wells led the Terps on 15-5 run to finish the game and added another highlight to his collection as he capitalized on a steal and fast break slam.

Even though Rutgers was able to out rebound Maryland in this game, the offensive flow was the story of the game. The Terps were able to score inside and out, play defense and get transition buckets that took some life out of the crowd. That’s their strength. Turning good defense into offense. They do that so well, and as a result, they got the victory and a double bye in the Big Ten Tournament.

Player of the game: Dez Wells put the team on his back and carried them to victory with his 20 points and 10 rebounds. He has been an integral part in their success this season and he proves time and time again why he deserves to be called one of the greats. Big time players make big time plays in big games and he’s that guy. Maryland plays their final game of the season Sunday, March 8 at 7:30 pm. The game can be seen on CBS or the Big Ten Network.

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