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Wells leads Terps past Boston College

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The Maryland Terrapins kicked off their final season in the ACC with a win at Boston College, 88-80, thanks to a career-high 33 points from Dez Wells.

Maryland got off to a quick start and opened up a double-digit lead in the first half, but Boston College kept chippping away and trailed by just six at the break.

It was more of the same in the second half, and with less than 10 minutes to play, the Eagles actually took a four-point lead.

It looked eerily similar to so many trips Maryland has made to Boston College in the past where the Terps, playing in front of a sparse and lethargic crowd, were drawn to sleep and lost to the Eagles.

On this night, Wells simply wouldn't let that happen. He completely took over the game down the stretch, relentlessly attacking the rim. Boston College had no answer.

Freshman point guard Roddy Peters also turned in a solid performance, scoring a career-high 14 points. Once he becomes a better shooter, he is going to be nearly unstoppable.

The victory puts Maryland back on a winning track heading into the end of the first semester, which means finals for the players and a lot of games against inferior opponents. Maryland should be able to win their next several games before getting into the meat of the ACC schedule on January 4 against Georgia Tech at the Comcast Center.

Getting a road win in the ACC to start the year is just huge for a team that had so many problems away from home last season. It puts them back in the mix in terms of NCAA tournament hopes, which looked dicey with the early-season play and losses to Oregon State and George Washington.

Hopefully, the Terps will also be getting Seth Allen back from a stress fracture in his foot sometime in early-to-mid January. His return will give the team a boost in scoring, add depth at the point guard position and allow Mark Turgeon to cut back Varun Ram's minutes.

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