Maryland’s Dez Wells (44) is defended by Nebraska forward Terran Petteway (5) and guard Shavon Shields, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lincoln, Neb., Sunday, March 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Senior forward Dez Wells posted a double-double of 18 points with 12 rebounds to lead No. 10 Maryland to a 64-61 win over Big Ten opponent Nebraska in the Terps’ regular season finale on March 8 in Lincoln, Neb.
The win gave Maryland a 26-5 overall record, the team’s best season in program history, and sent the Terrapins into the Big Ten tournament on a seven-game winning streak.
Maryland had to work for the win, however. After taking a small lead into halftime, the Terps fell behind by as many as eight points early in the second half. But freshman guard Melo Trimble caught a hot shooting streak and led Maryland back.
Nebraska continued to challenge, and the game wasn’t won until Wells nailed a clutch one-dribble jump shot to give the Terps a three-point lead with just seconds left in the game. Nebraska junior guard Shavon Shields missed an attempt to tie the game as Maryland held onto the victory.
Wells was 6-of-7 from the free throw line in scoring his 18 points; Trimble was 9-of-10 from the charity stripe and led the way with 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Shields scored a game-high 26 points for Nebraska in the loss.
Maryland takes the No. 2 seed into the Big Ten tournament, and will face the winner of a first-round matchup between No. 7 Indiana and No. 10 Northwestern in a quarterfinal game on March 13.