The Maryland Terrapins got their ACC swan song season off to a nice start in Chestnut Hill tonight, thanks in large part to Dez the Destroyer. Wells had a career high 33 points (20 of which came in the second half, and 18 came in the final seven minutes) to help carry the Terrapins to an 88-80 victory over the Boston College Eagles.Roddy Peters added 14 points in his first career ACC start, Jake Layman added 14 points, and Nick Faust had 11 in total for the Terps.
Maryland, now 6-4 and 1-0 in conference play, picked up a much needed win after dropping their last two games. The Terrapins started the night off shooting hot thanks to a pair of three pointers from Evan Smotrycz to start the game and one from Nick Faust. With about two minutes left in the first, they were up 40-31 before Boston College managed to trim the lead to 42-36 at halftime.
Sophomore stud Olivier Hanlan, coupled with Gaithersburg native Garland Owens, managed to take the lead after a pair of free throws put them up 59-58 with about 8:09 remaining in the game. Maryland struggled to contain Hanlan all night, who led the Eagles with 26 points thanks to hitting 15-of-16 free throws on the evening. Owens had a big second half, finishing with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting and connecting on 4 three pointers in 5 tries.
But the Eagles simply had no answer for Dez Wells. Wells took the game over with transition basket after transition basket, scoring 14 of Maryland’s 18 points during a 4 1/2 minute stretch to end the game. Wells was 12-of-18 on the night, and 2-of-5 from deep. Seemingly at will, Wells would carry the ball up the court and use his defender as a screen to get to the basket.
In all, a big road win for a Terrapins team that is notoriously poor on the road. As a team, they shot 55% from the floor and 36% from deep, which is far above their average. Couple that with hitting 72% of their free throws, and the tight game was won because they limited the mental errors which typically plague this team.