WASHINGTON - Dez Wells scored a career-high 25 points Sunday and Maryland pulled away in the final minutes for a 69-62 win over suburban rival George Mason in the BB&T Classic Sunday afternoon.
The Terrapins (6-1) won their sixth straight on the strength of the inside, penetration and fast-break games of Wells, Nick Faust (14 points) and Alex Len (12). Maryland also made 23 of 39 free throws to improve to 8-0 all-time against its neighbor from the Virginia side of Washington, D.C.
Sherrod Wright and Patrick Holloway scored 17 points apiece for the Patriots (5-3). Holloway helped Mason's bench outscore Maryland's 25-8 after the Terps' bench had outscored its opponents 147-42 over the previous five games.
Wells went 11 for 17 from the field, accounting for half of the Terrapins' field goals. Wright and Holloway combined to go 12 for 24 for the Patriots; the rest of the team was 10 for 47.
It marked the second straight game Wells set a new career high in points; he had 23 on Tuesday at Northwestern.
The game was a two-man show in the early minutes, with Wells scoring the first eight points for Maryland and Wright the first six for George Mason. Layups, free throws and an alley-oop dunk by Len helped build a 25-18 lead for Maryland, but freshman Holloway made back-to-back 3-pointers and added another jumper as the Patriots cut the Terrapins' lead to 34-30 at the half.
George Mason opened the second half with a 7-0 run in 90 seconds, taking its first lead on Anali Okoloji's 3-pointer. The teams stayed within four points of each other for the next 12 minutes, repeating a game-long pattern of the Terrapins mixing turnovers and inside baskets, and the Colonials offsetting their cold shooting with plucky offensive rebounding.
Len's hook shot put Maryland ahead 55-49 with 6 minutes remaining, and Terrapins did just enough to stay in front the rest of the way. Maryland's final seven points came on free throws.
The Associated Press contributed to this recap
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