The 14th-ranked Maryland Terrapins, behind 26 points from senior leader Dez Wells, stunned the 5th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers 59-53 and to celebrate the fans stormed the court at an ecstatic Xfinity Center.
Freshman sensation Melo Trimble, who scored the final six points for the Terrapins, hit the biggest shot of the game, a driving layup that gave his team a 55-50 lead with 2:40 to play in the game.
The Badgers All-American Frank Kaminsky answered with a jumper to make the score 55-52 with 1:03 to play, but Trimble came back with another layup with 33 seconds to go and his two free throws sealed the victory as the Terrapins stopped the Badgers 10 game winning streak while improving to ( 23-5, 11-4 Big Ten).
Trimble finished with 16 points four rebounds, two assists and one steal but it was Wells who outplayed college Player-of-the-Year candidate Kaminsky who scored 18 points and collected eight rebounds. Besides being the games leading scorer, Wells also snagged a team-high seven rebounds, handed out four assists and had one blocked shot. It was his jumper that gave his team an 8-7 lead with 14:25 to play in the first half and the Terrapins never trailed again.
His monster dunk, where he just seemed to hang in the air, with 4:06 to go gave his team a 53-48 lead and the momentum to close out the game on a team that was in last year’s Final Four and has the best record in the Big Ten while playing for a possible number 1 seed in this year’s NCAA tournament.
The Terrapins Jake Layman chipped in with six points, three rebounds and two blocked shots. Maryland also got a real boost from freshman Michal Cekovsky who snagged six rebounds, scored four points and played good defense against the talented Kaminsky when starter Demonte Dodd had to leave the game because of foul trouble.
This game was won in the first half as the Terrapins sprinted out to a 20-12 lead on a jumper by Wells with 8:51 to play before halftime. They had their largest lead of the game at 11 ahead 25-14 with 7:02 to play. The Terrapins throughly outplayed the Badgers in the first half and it ended with Trimble receiving a beautiful inbounds pass from Wells with one second to play that he banked in for a layup giving the Terrapins a commanding 31-20 lead at the break.
Maryland played fantastic defense in the first half against one of the best offensive teams in the country and the 20 points was the lowest scored in a half by the Badgers all season. The Terps held Wisconsin to 29.6 percent shooting in the first half and the Badgers also only shot 1-11 from the three point line.
Meanwhile, the Terps made 13 of 24 first half shots for a 54.2 percent shooting efficiency as they started strong and took it to the best team in the Big Ten and one of the best teams in the country.
To their credit, Wisconsin did come out from the break and went on a 13-4 run to make the score 35-33 on a Sam Dekker basket with 14:29 to play and did tie the game at 47-47 with 6:43 to go but the Terrapins responded and just would not be denied.
Dekker scored 14 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had two assists, steals and blocks while Nigel Hayes chipped in with 10 points in a losing effort for the ( 25-3, 13-2) Badgers.