Terps Go Small, Get Big Results

Dez Wells scored 19 points as Maryland overcame a late deficit to earn a 62-52 victory over Denver on Thursday night in the second round of the NIT.

With nine minutes left in the second half Maryland trailed by as many as nine points, however, the Terrapins went to a small lineup consisting of five guards and closed the game with a 23-4 run.

"We were desperate," Turgeon said. "We couldn't guard them. They had complete control of the game and our post guys couldn't score against them. So we tried to spread them out, try to drive on them and get to the foul line."

The strategy paid off as Maryland's five free throws sparked the second half comeback. With just over four minutes remaining, Seth Allen's floater gave the Terrapins their first lead of the half, 51-50 and Maryland never looked back.

"Our kids battled. We didn't want the season to end," coach Mark Turgeon said. "Our big lineup couldn't guard them so we went small. We went five guards."

Turgeon's adjustment to a small lineup came after Maryland struggled to contain Denver's leading scorer Chris Udofia, finished with 24 points but 19 of those came in the first half alone. However, Udofia picked up his fourth foul with just under nine minutes remaining, a key for Maryland's late surge.

The Terrapins will now have a few days off after playing their sixth game in 12 days before facing either Alabama or Stanford next week.

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