Dez Wells on Maryland leadership gap: "That's on me"

Dez Wells on Maryland leadership gap: "That's on me"
January 24, 2014, 5:30 pm
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(Ellen Ozier-USA TODAY Sports)

COLLEGE PARK--Blowing a nine-point halftime lead on the road to an undermanned NC State team on Monday night has changed the tone of Maryland’s interactions with the media, first on display Friday afternoon in College Park.

After the almost jovial feeling that followed the team’s come-from-behind win over Notre Dame last week, Friday was more somber, more introspective, and more in need of quick answers that were necessarily there to be found.

But junior guard Dez Wells, spoken so highly of as a leader when point guard Seth Allen went down with an injury days before the start of the season, showed why teammates spoke of him in that manner, in part taking blame for the unraveling on Monday night in Raleigh.

“We have to have better leadership and that’s on me,” Wells said, before deflecting much of the blame away from head coach Mark Turgeon, where the narrative has been centered. “That’s not on Coach. That’s on me.”

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Wells finished 2-of-11 from the floor on Monday night, though he was 5-of-6 from the line and totaled 10 points before fouling out.

“I’m doing too much talking,” Wells said. “I’m doing a lot of talking and it’s getting somewhere, but not where I want it to be. So I have to do more leading by example.

“You know, so that’s something that can be fixed and that’s something I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about and I’ve been talking to a lot of different guys about. So I think I’ll be a lot better with that coming up, you know, because this a good game against a really good team.”

Maryland welcomes No. 20 Pittsburgh to Comcast Center on, close to three weeks after the Panthers out-muscled the Terrapins in a 79-59 win in Pittsburgh. In that game, Wells struggled with just five points while turning the ball over four times.