Terps finish off ACU with 29-0 run
As Abilene Christian took control in the first half of Wednesday night's game against Maryland at Comcast Center in College Park, junior guard Dez Wells sat on the bench.
He appeared to be uninjured. He had not committed a foul. He just sat. He sat and watched as his team fumbled its way to 12 first-half turnovers and a one-point halftime deficit to a team working its way through its first year in Division I.
He played just five minutes.
Wells did not start the second half, either, sitting on the bench as Maryland took the floor for the final 20 minutes. But with around 19 minutes remained in the half, he returned to a roar of approval from the crowd at Comcast.
But why did he sit?
"Dez and I had a miscommunication, something I didn't like," head coach Mark Turgeon said after the game. "That's why he didn't play the rest of the half, didn't start the second half.
"Dez and I have a great relationship. Not a good one, a great one. So I'm not concerned about it at all. This early in the season, you've got to set the rules."
Wells did not have terrific scoring numbers on Wednesday night, finishing with just four points, but his return to the game coincided with a dominating 29-0 run over the final 14 minutes of the game that pulled Maryland ahead and kept them there for good.
To go along with his four points, Wells added four rebounds and three assists as the team's offensive catalyst.
"He had the message. He had the message right away," Turgeon said. "He's a good kid. He regrets it.
"I thought he played really well. He was the one who really got Jake [Layman] going. He's the one that found Jake on a lot of those...Did a lot of nice things."