Down 57-51 with 7:28 to play, the Terps went on a 22-8 run to close out the game and improved to (16-2, 4-1 Big Ten) good enough for first place in the Big Ten and their best start since 1999.
Maryland was led by senior leader Dez Wells, who overcame a tough shooting night by scoring 17 points, securing eight rebounds and handing out three assists his best one a slick pass to freshman Jared Nickens who hit a big 3-pointer to give Maryland a 67-63 lead with 2:24 to go and they never trailed again. Nickens finished with 12 points and was 4-7 from three point land.
Maryland overcame a 34 percent shooting night by making 20-28 free throws and corralling 46 rebounds compared to 33 for Rutgers. Forward Jake Layman scored 12 points and snagged a career-high 13 rebounds to go along with three steals and one assist.
Freshman Melo Trimble scored 11 points, collected five rebounds, had four assists and three steals. Evan Smotrycz chipped in with seven points and six rebounds.
Rutgers, who shot 45.5 percent from the field, turned out to be a tough challenge for the Terrapins. The Scarlet Knights opened the game with an 8-0 run and began the second half on an 11-0 run and had the Terrapins on their heels for most of the second half.
After Rutgers fast start, the Terps went on a 10-0 run themselves and two late Nicken’s threes helped give them a 38-31 lead at the break.
Rutgers appeared to take control of the game and had their first lead of the second half at 40-38 after a Bishop Daniels jumper with 17:45 to play. The Terrapins kept their poise despite being down 49-43 with 14:01 to go.
The Terps weathered the storm and after Wells hit two free throws the Terrapins took the lead again in the second half at 60-59 with 5:10 to play and they never trailed again.
Rutgers was led in scoring by Myles Mack who had a game-high 19 points, dished out six assists and collected four rebounds. Daniels and Mike Williams each scored 12 points in a losing effort for the (10-8, 2-3) Scarlet Knights.