By Sebastian Obando
With Maryland pulling away from Central Connecticut State near the midpoint of the second half, the ball was kicked back out to guard Dez Wells. The senior juked the oncoming defender and quickly dribbled toward the basket. His movement created a clear lane to the rim, where Wells rose for a one-handed dunk. The play epitomized the team’s dominant second half over the Blue Devils, as the Terps coasted to a 93-57 win in front of an announced 8,612 at Xfinity Center.
“Boy, was [Wells] good in the second half. He can change gears now and I thought he just made all the right decisions,” head coach Mark Turgeon said after the game. “He was terrific. I thought defensively he was a little bit better.”
Wells was the instrumental figure throughout the game, shooting 10 of 15 from the field and a perfect 3 of 3 from beyond the arc. The senior finished with a game-high 27 points, while adding two assists and two rebounds.
“I really don’t care what the defense is doing, I’m going to attack regardless,” Wells said after the game. “That’s the only way how to play the game, just attack. [Coach Turgeon] just gave me one advice, to use [my] pace.”
Adding to the stellar play of Wells, three other Terps reached double figures in scoring. Jake Layman notched 14 points, while Melo Trimble and Dion Wiley both posted 10 points.
“I thought the second half we played with some energy. We shared the ball, we shot a good percentage. I thought we attacked the right way,” Turgeon said following the victory. “We did some nice things, that’s a team we should’ve beat”
The win improves Maryland’s record to 2-0 and they will look to extend this early winning streak on Thursday against Fordham.