By Emily Olsen
Shortly after being named to the AP top ten for the first time since 2003, the Terps relied on familiar faces to defeat Rutgers. No. 10 Maryland (25-5, 13-4) beat Rutgers (10-20, 2-15) Tuesday night 60-50 in New Jersey.
Unquestionable team leader senior guard Dez Wells led the Terps to victory by scoring a team-high 20 points and recording 10 rebounds. Wells’ name surged through social media after he posterized two Scarlet Knights with yet another Dez-worthy dunk with less than 30 seconds to play in the first half.
Maryland led by eight points when the second half began. The Terps had several scoring droughts. The team scored a majority of their second-half points from free throws. Maryland shot more than 84 percent from the line but struggled to generate points from the field shooting less than 40 percent. The Terps’ defense held Rutgers to only 32 percent from the field.
Aside from Wells, junior forward Jake Layman and freshman guard Melo Trimble combined for 24 of Maryland’s totaled 60 points.
No. 10 Maryland is currently ranked the highest in the program’s history since 2003 when the team was ranked eighth. The Terps will play their final regular season game Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Nebraska.