The Maryland Terrapins used a balanced attack to end a three-game losing streak and trounce the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 79-59 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
Maryland turned a 32-28 halftime lead into a 49-34 advantage on a three-pointer by Dion Wiley, playing again after a back injury and the rout was on.
The Terps biggest lead of the game was 22 points at 72-50 on a layup by Ivan Bender with 4:07 to play in the game.
They improved to (23-7, 11-6 Big Ten) good for second place in conference play.
Some could argue that this was the most important victory of the season as it ended the first three-game losing skid of the Melo Trimble Era and also set the Terps up for a double-bye in the upcoming conference tournament if they can beat Michigan State at home on Senior Day.
Maryland had 10 players in the scoring column led by Trimble with 11 points, seven assists and four rebounds.
Their second half surge was led by big man Damonte Dodd who finished with nine points and seven rebounds, six after halftime.
Justin Jackson ended with six points and a team-high eight rebounds. Anthony Cowan chipped in with nine points, four rebounds and a three assists. Kevin Huerter added eight points and four rebounds.
The Terps bench outscored Rutgers 36-14 led by L.G. Gill and Bender who both scored 10 points. Jared Nickens added eight points, Jaylen Brantley five and Wiley, three.
The Terps shared the ball and finished with 18 assists on 31 made baskets.
The game was close in the first half and the Terps took their first lead of the game at 9-8 on a layup by Trimble with 14:54 to go and they never trailed again.
Maryland’s largest lead of the first half was six points but their 17-6 run to start the second half put the game away. Dodd had six points and Huerter five during the game-changing burst.
Maryland shot 54 percent for the game, making eight of 20 from long distance. They sank nine of 11 free throws and out rebounded Rutgers 32-31.
Meanwhile, the Scarlet Knights shot 41 percent from the field, making four of 17 from beyond the arc while hitting seven of 12 shots from the charity stripe.
Rutgers was led in scoring and rebounding by Mike Williams who finished with 14 and six. C.J. Gettys chipped in with 12 points and five rebounds in a losing effort for the last place (13-17, 2-15) Scarlet Knights.