Dez Wells' career high leads Maryland past Boston College

Dez Wells' career high leads Maryland past Boston College
December 12, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Midnight Madness returns to Cole Field House

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At some point in the second half, after Maryland's first-half lead had evaporated and Boston College pulled ahead for the first time with 8:39 to play, Dez Wells realized something.

The junior guard realized that there was no one on the Boston College Eagles capable of stopping him if he had the ball in his hands.

Wells took over in the second half, scoring 22 of his career-high 33 points in the final 20 minutes to lead Maryland to an 88-80 win over Boston College on Thursday night in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

The win helps Maryland to avoid falling to .500 and gives the Terrapins a 1-0 start to ACC play. Read more below.

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FINAL

Maryland 88, Boston College 80

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DEZ WELLS GOES FOR CAREER HIGH

Dez Wells, simply put, was dominant in the second half of Maryland’s win. Without a physical guard to defend him on the perimeter, Wells got to the basket will ease, whether in transition or in the half court.

When Boston College tried to be physical, Wells stopped going around defenders and started going through them, drawing multiple baskets, plus the foul in the paint in the final minutes. Over a three-minute span of the second half, Wells scored 10 points by himself and flipped a three-point deficit into a four-point Maryland lead.

RODDY PETERS STARTS

Mark Turgeon said this week that Roddy Peters was Maryland’s “clear cut” best option at point guard. Following suit, Turgeon started Peters on Thursday night in Chestnut Hill.

The offense looked much more fluid at the start and Maryland jumped out to a 23-11 lead close to the under-12 media timeout of the first half.

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SMALL LINEUP AN OPTION?

At times, Turgeon used a small lineup to combat what Boston College was putting on the floor. He had some success, too. Roddy Peters, Dez Wells, Nick Faust, Jake Layman, and Jonathan Graham is a lineup with no short players, but certainly no true center and essentially a small forward playing power forward.

Will Maryland continue with it? We’ll have to see. But North Carolina had success with a small lineup last season while using James Michael McAdoo as a center.

JONATHAN GRAHAM GRITTY IN TIME ON FLOOR

Five points, five rebounds, and three blocks earned Jonathan Graham more minutes off the bench on Thursday night against Boston College. He did what Maryland needed from him, being gritty in the time he played with two points, four rebounds, and one block.

The two points he had came off a tip-in with 1:24 to play to put Maryland up six points, 80-74.