Maryland’s Dez Wells (44) shoots between Indiana’s Emmitt Holt (25), right, and Robert Johnson in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Conference tournament in Chicago, Friday, March 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Senior forward Dez Wells scored a game-high 22 points to help Maryland beat Indiana, 75-69 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Conference men’s tournament on March 13 in Chicago, Ill. Maryland (27-5 overall) moves on to the semifinals, where it will face the winner of the Michigan State-Ohio State quarterfinals matchup.
Indiana made it difficult for Maryland, a former longtime member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, now playing in its first ever Big Ten Tournament. The Hoosiers kept the score tight throughout the entire contest; Maryland led by just two points at halftime, and ended up by only two points with less than a minute in the second half. But, in the very final seconds of the game, Wells made clutch free throws to give his team just enough of a cushion to take the win.
Wells was a dog in the paint, relentlessly attacking the basket to get to the free-throw line; he finished 8-of-9 from the charity stripe. The senior forward also dominated the boards late in the game and ended up with six timely rebounds.
Freshman guard Melo Trimble also had a strong performance for the Terps, scoring 17 points. Junior forward Jake Layman added 10 points with nine rebounds.
Junior guard Yogi Ferrell scored a team-high 18 points for Indiana, and sophomore guard Troy Williams scored 17.