On Wednesday night at The Comcast Center, the Maryland Terrapins earned themselves a much-needed 74-71 ACC victory over the Miami Hurricanes. Things did get a little dicey in the last two minutes but, Dez Wells was able to bail the Turtles out in the end. After the Terps blew a 10-point lead in the final 1:40, Wells nailed a 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left to provide the final margin.
Maryland was up 71-61 with 1:45 left in the second half when the Hurricanes made their comeback. Terps guard Seth Allen really struggled down the stretch as he had a turnover and missed the front end of consecutive one-and-one chances. Because Allen was unable to convert at the line, Miami was kept alive and made the most of their opportunity. Fortunately, Wells provided the heroics to save the night.
Wells scored all of his 21 points in the second half. I guess you would like a him to be a 40-minute factor when it’s comes to point allocation. I’m assuming, however, that coach Mark Turgeon will take it as it comes if a win is the end result.
Forwards Jake Layman and Evan Smotrycz each chipped in with 15 points as Maryland improved to 12-9 overall and 4–4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. For Layman, it was his second-straight double-figure performance and he looks like he is playing with more confidence. Obviously, Turgeon needs Layman to be a major factor if the Terps want to make a run at the postseason.
Next up for Maryland is a trip to Virginia Tech to face a Hokies squad that has lost seven-straight. I know the Terps stink on the road but, they’d better win this one.
Not only did Mark Turgeon get a win on Wednesday night, he also learned that one of his Class of 2014 signees was named to the McDonald’s All-American team. Melo Trimble, who signed with Maryland in November, was among 24 high school stars chosen to play in the McDonald’s Game at the United Center in Chicago.
Trimble, a 6’2 combo guard out of Bishop O’Connell, is part of a 2014 Maryland class that is rated in the top-10 of most recruiting services. The reinforcements are coming for the Terps as they move to the Big Ten next season.
Prior to Trimble, Maryland had not recruited a McDonald’s All-American since Mike Jones in 2003. Kentucky has four McDonald’s All-American’s on this year’s team alone.
Think about that for a minute.