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Terps sneak past Miami, 74-71

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Despite some tense moments down the stretch, the Maryland Terrapins bounced back with a 74-71 win over the Miami Hurricanes at the Comcast Center.

Dez Wells was the star of the show, going perfect from the field and from the free throw line to score 21 points as efficiently as you will ever see, all of which game in the second half, including the game-winning three-pointer. He also added four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Wells picked up two quick fouls in the opening minutes and had to sit almost the entire first half. There has been a trend with Wells lately to not only battle foul issues, but not become an active scorer until the second half, often with the Terps already trailing by a significant margin.

The three-pointer helpd save the the Terps from a disastrous collapse after blowing a 10-point lead with around two and a half minutes remaining in the contest.

Evan Smotrycz and Jake Layman each chipped in 15 points and were the only other Terps to reach double figures. Seth Allen finished with nine points and just two assists.

The Terps once again struggled to get any production on the inside. Jonathan Graham got the start but finished without a single point and had just two rebounds. Damonte Dodd, Charles Mitchell and Shaquille Cleare all came off the bench but combined for a pathetic four points and four rebounds.

The win gets Maryland back to the .500 mark in league play but did little to stem the tide of concern mounting about the future of Maryland basketball and head coach Mark Turgeon. Maryland nearly lost at home to a rebuilding Miami team that lost virtually every significant player off of last year's highly-ranked squad. The Terps continue to get terrible efforts from their post players and basically live and die by the play of Dez Wells and streaky outside shooting.

The program did get some positive news earlier in the day when it was announced that 2014 commit Melo Trimble was named to the McDonald's All-American game. The Terps haven't landed a McDonald's All-American since Mike Jones. Travis Garrison and Danny Miller were also previously named to the team.

Hopefully, an injection of a borderline top 10 recruiting class next fall will help bring quality basketball back to the Comcast Center. For now, there is little hope.



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