EVANSTON, Ill. - Dez Wells set a career high with 23 points as Maryland blew out Northwestern in the second half en route to a 77-57 win on Tuesday night.
Maryland (5-1) led 28-26 at halftime but broke the game open in the second half, scoring on its first 10 possessions. The run stretched the lead to 47-34.
Wells finished the spurt by hitting a 3-pointer and going coast-to-coast for a layup after a Northwestern turnover. Maryland improved to 10-4 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge with the victory.
Alex Len had 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Nick Faust added 10 points and six boards. The Terps, who came into the game ranked second nationally in rebounding margin, held a 47-19 advantage on the boards.
Wells hurt the Wildcats (6-1) from all spots on the floor, slashing to the basket and stepping back to hit jumpers. He was 9 for 11 from the field with three assists.
Maryland shot 66.7 percent in the second half, connecting on 20 of 30 field goals and 4 of 7 3-pointers. Logan Aronhalt knocked down 3 of 5 3-pointers in the second half, and forward James Padgett scored all eight of his points after halftime. The Terps also held a 44-22 advantage in points in the paint.
Reggie Hearn had 19 points and Dave Sobolewski 14 for Northwestern, which was denied a fifth straight ACC/Big Ten Challenge victory.
The Associated Press contributed to this recap
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