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#12 Terps Win Inaugural B1G Game at Michigan State

Maryland Athletics
12-30-2014
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Dez Wells scored 16 points, including a game-tying three-pointer with 2.2 seconds left in regulation, and No. 12 Maryland earned a 68-66 double-overtime win over Michigan State on Tuesday night in the Terrapins' first-ever Big Ten game.

Melo Trimble added 17 points for Maryland (13-1), which held a 52-36 edge on the boards.

Travis Trice scored 26 points for the Spartans (9-5, 0-1).

“Obviously that’s a great win for us,” head coach Mark Turgeon said. “There is a reason this guy [Izzo] has been to so many Final Fours. They guarded us as well as anyone’s guarded us. They made it tough on us and we just kept trying to figure out ways to score. We finally figured it out.”

The Terrapins' other big edge was going 26-for-32 from the foul line, all after halftime. Trimble, who’s 85 made free throws ranked third nationally, was 12-for-14 from the charity stripe.

Michigan State led 48-45 and had a chance to foul in the closing seconds.

Wells stroked a lean-in three-pointer to push the game into overtime.

“We really didn’t have much going and Dez (Wells) just stepped up and made us all look good,” Turgeon said.

Trailing 55-51, the Terrapins tied it when Wells found Jon Graham for a layup, then hit two free throws with 26 seconds left. They survived a scare when Forbes, one of the nation's best shooters from range, missed an open 3 from the right corner.

Maryland continued to take the ball to the basket and finally got more than a one-point lead when Wells stripped Trice and dunked to make it 60-57 in the second overtime. The Terrapins were 13-for-16 at the line in the overtimes, accounting for nearly two-thirds of their points.

“Obviously that’s a great win for us,” head coach Mark Turgeon said. There is a reason this guy [Izzo] has been to so many Final Fours. They guarded us as well as anyone’s guarded us. They made it tough on us and we just kept trying to figure out ways to score. We finally figured it out.”

Maryland returns to action on Saturday when it plays host Minnesota for its first-ever Big Ten home game at noon at XFINITY Center. Tickets are available by clicking here.

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