Maryland edges Deacons 75-62

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Maryland used a 24-8 run in the second half to beat Wake Forest in round one of the ACC tournament. Maryland's Dez Wells led all scorers with 21 points, and Wake Forest's C.J. Harris had 19.

Maryland's section of fans in Greensboro Coliseum came alive after Pe'Shon Howard scored on back-to-back Maryland possessions to give his team a 61-55 lead with just under six minutes remaining in the first round in the ACC tournament .

After trailing for most of the game, the Terps used a 24-8 run run midway through the second half to secure the momentum and a 75-62 win over the Deacons to advance to the second round.

Maryland's Dez Wells finished with a game-high 21 points, and Alex Len and Pe'Shon Howard both added 8 second half points during a critical stretch where the Deacons failed to score a field goal in eight minutes.

Once Maryland dwindled Wake Forest's lead to just 52-51, Logan Aronhalt got things rolling for the Terps with points from behind the arc, followed by an ally oop pass from Seth Allen to Alex Len, five consecutive points from Pe'Shon Howard, and an old-fashioned three-point play from freshman Charles Mitchell. From there, Maryland cruised to the finish line.

True to form, Maryland's top four scorers were underclassmen (Wells – 21, Allen – 11, Len – 11, and Faust – 10), and Maryland shot 47.9 percent from the floor, over a point better than their regular season average.

Tomorrow, Maryland takes on No. 2 seed Duke at 7 p.m. in round two of the ACC tournament.

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