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Maryland Whips Tech at the Cassell

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Maryland guard Dez Wells scored 19 points to lead the Terrapins to an 80-60 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday.

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Wells came off the bench as punishment for being late to a team breakfast. It marked just the second time since he enrolled at Maryland in 2012 that he did not start. He entered the game in the first minute of play and went on to make 6 of 9 from the floor. Maryland (13-9, 5-4 ACC) shot 51.8 percent (29 of 56), won its second in a row and beat the Hokies for the fourth-straight time.


Virginia Tech (8-13, 1-8) stayed with the Terrapins until the final minute of the first half. The Hokies trailed 37-35 after Will Johnston hit a 3-pointer with 1:31 left in the half. But Maryland got 3-pointers on its final two possessions -- from Seth Allen and Jake Layman -- to take a 43-35 lead at halftime.


Ben Emelogu opened the second half with a 3-pointer for the Hokies to cut the Maryland lead to 43-38. But the Terrapins answered with a 14-2 run to grab a 17-point lead and take control.


Wells scored four points in the run, including a one-handed dunk that prompted a Virginia Tech timeout with 16:06 remaining. Nick Faust's 3-pointer capped the run and gave the Terrapins a 57-40 lead with 14:51 to go.


The Terrapins went on to lead by as many as 23, and the Hokies never got closer than 14 the rest of the game.


Allen added 16 points for the Terrapins, and Layman and Faust had 10 each.


Emelogu paced Virginia Tech with 21 points. The Hokies, who shot just 37 percent (20 of 54) lost their eighth-straight game. They have lost their last three by at least 20 points.



Virginia Tech head coach James Johnson's opening statements:

It was another tough one this afternoon. I thought our guys came out to start the game ready to play. I thought we competed, we gave effort, but we didn't do it for 40 minutes and we didn't play smart the whole time. There were two key segments in the game, when we were up six and they went on a 12-0 run and then with about a minute to go before halftime it was 35-37 and we were on the line with a chance to tie it and we come away with nothing and it ends up as an eight-point game at halftime. I thought that took a little air out of us going into the locker room at halftime. We came out after and scored on the first possession, we tried to get something going, but we weren't able to sustain it down the stretch. I give Maryland a lot of credit, they did a good job on us defensively and they made shots.


On the play of Jarell Eddie …

That's something we've talked to Jarell about. When his shot is not going down, he needs to be able to do other things. Especially since he is a senior, we expect that from him. A lot of the things he does depends on him making shots, so when the shots aren't going down it affects the rest of his game and it affects our team. That's one of the steps we have to try and get past. He's a senior that we're counting on, but it just didn't go down for him today.



On the recent skid and what direction the team is moving in …

No, because like I said, there was a time where we were up six and we were playing hard. If we were regressing we would come out not ready to play from the start. When we were up six and they went on that run, we came back, we had a chance later to tie it at halftime. I think the play tells me that we are competing, we just aren't competing for 40 minutes and I honestly am not sure if we have the gas in our tank to compete for 40 minutes. It's tough, it's very tough and frustrating for me to look down the bench and see three potential starters down there in suits, they are looking like me out there They can't help us much out there dressed the way I'm dressed. That's frustrating, but it is what it is, we need to keep fighting. A guy like Devin Wilson is playing 40 minutes, and I'm trying to steal a minute for him here and there, but that's difficult. The way we are starting games and the way we are playing early, it shows me that we still have fight in us, we're still competing, we still have effort, we just don't have a lot in the tank. 


Maryland head coach Mike Turgeon's opening statements:

I think we played well. Early in the first half we turned it over, but after that we were terrific with the ball. Our execution was good. That was the best we've played for a while. I know they missed some open ones and missed some free throws, but I thought we really guarded their stuff well. Things that we talked about, we really carried out our game plan. It's the third game in a row that we shot over 50-percent, or close to that and I believe we did a good job sharing the ball, 15 assists and nine turnovers, nine turnovers is really good for us. I think everyone played well in a lot of different ways. It was fun.


On the play of Seth Allen …

Like I've said, Seth needs me on him every day. There were ten weeks where I wasn't on him and he came back after his foot was hurt, he gain a little weight. It just takes time because now he's guarding better, I'm on his every day. I think there were a lot of guys that played well, but with him sharing the ball and running our stuff it makes everybody feel like they are a part of it.


On this being a turning point in the season …

I'm much more confident than I was when I walked out of the game at NC State, but we are getting there. They showed a little bit more maturity today. We've had leads and blown them, but today we kept fighting. We were up 16, or 18 and I just thought our execution was good. I think we're getting there. We will see, we have a much tougher game Tuesday on the road at North Carolina. This was good for our guys to get this road win, and get to 5-4 in the conference and win two straight for us.



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