Hello, Penn State. The Man Who Crushed You Tonight? His Name Is Dez Wells.

Featured, Sports and Bets — February 5, 2015 at 12:13 am by

Losers of two of their last three, the Terps needed a win tonight against Penn State.  Thanks to Dez Wells, the Terps got that win, 64-58.  Simply put, Dez carried the Terps, scoring 23 points on 8 of 10 shooting from the field, and 5 of 6 shooting from the foul line.  Wells was versatile with his offensive assault.   He posted up, he drove to the hoop, he hit two threes, and he did wicked shit like this in transition….

Dez just made you his son

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It was Dez being Dez at its finest and it was much needed by a Terps team that for whatever reason, seems to be hitting a bit of a late season wall.  Penn State really isn’t good and the tale of the tape would suggest that Maryland should have won this one easily  Hell, if Mel Trimble and Jake Layman had been hitting on all cylinders offensively, Maryland probably would have won a bit more comfortably.  But Trimble missed all of his shots from the field and Layman, who went 5 of 12 from the field and failed to get to the foul line for the first time in forever, was never in sync in Maryland’s half court set. A lot of that had to do with the tough and solid defense that Penn State was playing, but it also seems to be a carryover from the last few weeks of the season.  The Maryland offense is in a bit of a funk.

Tonight, they just couldn’t shake scrappy Nittany Lions.  The Terps led by one at the half.  It had been a well fought first half by both clubs, but it seemed to lack emotion.  The second half was bit different. The Terps came out on blistering fire, especially the dude name Jon Graham.  He and Trimble teamed up for several buckets that were reminiscent of some Stockton and Malone back in their Utah Jazz days.  Trimble, who wasn’t effective shooting the basketball, contributed instead with eight assists; most of which were in the second half and of the, “daaaaaaammn,” variety.  His late season scoring woes are concerning, but he more than made up for a lack of points tonight by dishing out some filthy dimes.  And when he and Graham got the party and emotion started in the second half, the Terps jumped out to an eight point lead.  But they just couldn’t dispose of the Nittany Lions that early or easily.  The Terps went dry on offense and Penn State would come back and take the lead.

Fortunately, the last seven minutes would belong to the Maryland and they would find their killer instinct with several crisp offensive sets and with sudden lock down D on the other end.  Maryland seems to relish close games and they seem to play their best basketball come crunch time.  In the last seven minutes of tonight’s game, everything was done with more intensity and focus.  Dez scored five of his 23 points in the last two minutes of the game, Jake Layman hit a clutch jumper and rebounded well late, and Melo Trimble ran the show with his patented calm.  Putting it together late is a tough way  to do business, but a win’s a win and tonight was a nice win in what proved to be a great game.  The Terps are now 19-4 overall and 7-3 in the Big 10. Sure, it could have been prettier tonight, but you can’t argue with that win-loss record.

Game Notes

Dez Wells committed Penn State homicide tonight, but he wasn’t the only Terp to do so. Jon Graham, the former Penn Stater, was tough on his old friends with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Tonight was easily Graham’s best game as a Terp and it was huge since Layman and Trimble didn’t go bonkers.  Why do so many guys have huge games against their old teams?

Damonte Dodd had some big minutes late with a steal, a key offensive rebound, and a dunk.

Nickens, Wiley, Pack, and Smotrycz gotta give more than seven points combined.

This was the Dez Wells show and his dunk was the best dunk of the year for Maryland.   Love the reaction from the bench…

bench

Layman led the Terps with 9 rebounds.  Maryland out-rebounded Penn State 38-29.

Next up, a Sunday dance in Iowa.  3:15 start.

Go Terps!

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