COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Dez Wells recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds and Seth Allen scored 15 points to help the Maryland men's basketball team overcome an early double-digit deficit in an 85-74 victory over Tulsa Sunday night.
"I knew [Seth Allen] was going to play well," said coach Mark Turgeon, who earned his 300th career victory. "Seth is a special athlete and a good player. It's just good to get him back. It gave everybody, including me, confidence."
Allen came off the bench to provide Maryland (8-5) with a much-needed spark, playing in his first game since breaking his foot on October 29. Despite being sidelined for three months, the sophomore point guard played 21 minutes, had three of the Terps' 10 assists and connected three times from beyond the arc.
"It was very exciting just to get back on the floor," Allen said. "I was anxious. But to play with my team again, it was great."
Returning from a seven-day layoff, the Terrapins fell behind 25-10 with 11 minutes elapsed before Allen fueled an 18-4 run with a layup and a 3-pointer.
Still, the Terrapins didn't take the lead for good until Jake Layman drilled a 3-pointer to make it 48-45 with 12:32 left. Nick Faust followed with a jumper from beyond the arc, and Maryland moved ahead 52-47.
Layman made all four foul shots, and Allen added two free throws to give the Terrapins an 11-point cushion.
"[Seth Allen] does a lot for us," Wells said of his teammate. "He's just a dynamic player. To lose him before the season started, it was tough for us."
Sitting in the visitor's locker room, Manning conceded that Allen was the difference in the game.
"He's a very talented kid and is a factor for that team scoring points," Manning said.
Said Allen: "I didn't think I was going to play as well as I did, but I can still do better."
Maryland had five players score in double figures. Evan Smotrycz and Faust each had 13 and Layman added 12.
Wells and Allen each had nine points in a first half that ended tied at 35.
Tulsa led 11-4 before Wells interrupted the surge with a follow-shot, giving him 1,000 points during a career that began at Xavier in 2011.
Soon after that, Allen entered for the first time this season. The 6-foot-1 sophomore was poised to make his first basket, a breakaway layup, when Woodard swooped from behind and swatted the shot away.
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