After a three-pointer from Myles Mack, as part of a 13-2 Rutgers run, tied the score at 45-45 with 6:06 to play the Terrapins did what good teams do.
They answered with a 15-5 run to close out the game while improving to ( 25-5, 13-4 Big Ten). The victory secured for them a number two seed and a double bye in the upcoming Big Ten Conference tournament.
Wells finished with a double-double, scoring 20 points and corralling 10 rebounds. With the score tied at 45-45, the Terps went on an 8-0 run led by a Wells’ jumper, two free throws and a steal and dunk. When he was done his team had a 53-45 lead with 3:40 to go. After Rutgers Greg Lewis tipped in a basket to cut the Terps lead to 53-50 with 2:01 to play, Maryland responded with a 7-0 burst behind a Wells’ layup and his two free throws gave the Terps some breathing room and a 59-50 advantage with 45 seconds left in the game.
The Terps Jake Layman scored 14 points and was a deep threat, hitting 3 of 6 from long distance, and also grabbed three rebounds. Melo Trimble, who had an off night from the floor finished with 10 points, two assists, rebounds and one steal.
Maryland’s Demonte Dodd added six points, four rebounds and two blocked shots, and it was his dunk that completed a late 8-0 Terrapin run. Freshman Dion Wiley provided a spark off the bench scoring five points while snagging four rebounds.
On Rutgers Senior Night, both teams struggled from the floor shooting below 40 percent from the field and under 30 percent from three-point range. Rutgers won the rebounding battle 43-38 and their 20 offensive rebounds allowed them to out score the Terrapins 21-8 in the paint.
The Terps got off to a good start and a Layman jumper gave them an 11-4 lead with 14:48 to play in the first half. Rutgers made a run and a Mike Williams’ basket tied the game at 13-13 with 10:53 to go. Just like the second half, the Terps ended the first half on an 18-10 run and a Wells’ highlight dunk over two Scarlet Knight players gave his team a 31-23 lead at the half.
In the second half, Layman hit a 3-pointer to give his team a 41-30 lead with 15:40 to go, but Rutgers, losers of 13 straight, could have folded but instead went on a run to tie the score, but the Terrapins had the final scoring streak to close out the game with their sixth straight victory.
Rutgers was led by Greg Lewis who scored 14 points and collected seven rebounds. Mack had eight points and four assists. Williams finished with six points, three rebounds and two steals. Kadeem Jack had a team and career high 16 rebounds while scoring five points in a losing effort for the last place ( 10-20, 2-15) Scarlet Knights.