Terps Grind Out Win Versus Rutgers, 60-50. Dez Goes Bonkers Again With 20.

Sports and Bets — March 3, 2015 at 10:25 pm by

For the most part, the Terps controlled the first half tonight at Rutgers.  After they staked an eight point halftime lead it looked as though Maryland would cruise to victory.  But Rutgers wouldn’t go gently into that good night.  The second half became a good old fashioned Big 10 street brawl between the conference’s newest members.  The Terps would go up by eleven but Rutgers would battle back to tie the game at 45 with a few ticks over six minutes left.  But the Terps have Dez Wells and Rutgers does not.  Wells (20 points/10 Boards/4 Steals) went on a 6-0 run of his own, capped by a steal and break-away, tomahawk dunk.  Damonte Dodd would add his own dunk after that to complete the crucial  8-0 run and Maryland would never look back.  Wells took this game over when it needed someone to take it over.  He was Godzilla and the RAC was Tokyo.  No doubt about it, Dez is playing some of the best basketball in the country.

 

 

In fact, in the last five games, Wells has averaged 19 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.  His scoring over the past month has come at key moments, as evidenced by his individual 6-0 run tonight.  He definitely isn’t afraid to take games over and Coach Turgeon has no problem calling clear outs for him when he’s on fire, or when Turgeon thinks that the Terps need a big bucket. Dez will definitely be a player to watch come tournament time.  Melo Trimble seems to get more national press, but this team is Dez’s.  If he keeps playing like this, anything is possible for this Maryland team.

Other Game Notes

Maryland is now 25-5.  That’s pretty damn sweet.

Dion Wiley showed up tonight with five points and four rebounds.  This guy shows great flashes and  his upside is tremendous.

Jake Layman scored 14 points on 5-11 shooting.  He needed a solid scoring night and he got it.

The Terps put together a great defensive effort again tonight.  They held Rutgers to 32.2% shooting and the Terps logged eight steals.  When there’s energy on defense, the Terps win.

The Terps only made five of twenty-two threes.  A lot of them were open looks too.  Funny how outside shooting is contagious.

Maryland has now won six straight.  Now it’s on to Nebraska Sunday night for the regular season finale.

 

stats: ESPN

cover: testudotimes

 

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