Evanston, IL, United States (4E Sports) – Sophomore Dezmine Wells scored 13 of his career high 23 points in the second half to key Maryland’s breakaway en route to a 77-57 crushing of Northwestern Tuesday at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
The 6-5 Wells hit all of his five shots in the second half and finished 9-for-11, Alex Len added 13 markers and Nick Faust had 10 for the Terrapins (5-1), who notched their fifth straight win after losing to No. 3 Kentucky in the opening game.
Reggie Hearn led Northwestern (6-1) with 19 points while Dave Sobolewski and Drew Crawford added 14 and 10, respectively as the Wildcats (6-1) saw their six-game winning streak came to a screeching halt.
“We were disappointed. We forced a lot of turnovers in the first half and were only down two at half. We really should have been up but we didn’t shoot the ball well either,” said Northwestern coach Bill Carmody.
Maryland unleashed a 9-0 run midway in the first half to turn an 18-17 deficit into a 26-18 advantage with 5:51 left in the half.
The Wildcats immediately responded with a 7-0 run of their own, started by a Crawford three -pointer and capped by a layup by Alex Marcotullio to close the gap, 26-25, before the Terrapins settled for a 28-26 lead at the break.
The Wildcats tied the game with a layup by Crawford before Maryland unleashed a 13-1 run to grab a 47-34 lead, which Northwestern was unable to cut below double digits the rest of the way.
“We have a good shooting team and were open, they just weren’t going down. Then in the second half we basically didn’t guard them, and our offense was pretty much the same,” Carmody said.
The Terrapins, ranked second nationally in rebounding, had a 47-19 advantage on the boards over the Wildcats.
Maryland shot 52.7 percent from the field while Northwestern’s shooting clip paled in comparison with just 34 percent.