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Maryland pulls out comeback win over Northwestern

Jan 26, 2015 - 4:50 AM College Park, MD ( - Dez Wells and No. 13 Maryland handed Northwestern another heartbreaking loss on Sunday.

Wells' acrobatic putback with 1.4 seconds remaining capped a furious comeback and lifted the Terrapins to a 68-67 victory.

Northwestern appeared on its way to snapping a five-game losing streak as the Wildcats led by 11 with under 3 1/2 minutes on the clock.

But Melo Trimble's three-point play ignited a 16-4 run to end the game, and the Terrapins (18-3, 6-2 Big Ten) escaped with a win three days after losing by 19 to Indiana.

"We almost had to be perfect after the last media timeout, and we were pretty close to that," Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said.

Trimble finished with 27 points and Wells added 17 for Maryland, which did not take its first lead until made Trimble made two free throws with 20.6 seconds on the clock.

Tre Demps answered with a deep jumper, and Trimble's rushed 3-point attempt was off the mark. Wells, though, outjumped JerShon Cobb on the left block, grabbed the rebound and banked in the game-winner all in one motion.

"I didn't like the shot that Melo Trimble took but Dez does what Dez does," Turgeon said. "Dez was upset that he let Tre Demps score on him so he was going to get to that ball."

Northwestern's desperation heave was late and long, and Bryant McIntosh's 21- point night on 10-of-14 shooting went by the wayside.

"It's been a tough couple of weeks but that's part of basketball," said Northwestern head coach Chris Collins. "There is a lot of good, we're playing really well, but we're not getting the results. We have to find a way to start getting the results."

The Wildcats (10-10, 1-6) shot a staggering 69.6 percent from the field in the first half, led by as many as 14 and took a healthy 41-30 lead into the break.

They missed their first five shots of the second half, but Maryland only got as close as six in the early going.

McIntosh's jumper yielded what appeared to be a commanding 63-52 cushion with 3:46 remaining.

Game Notes

This was Northwestern's first trip to College Park ... Sanjay Lumpkin scored 12 points for the Wildcats, who committed 17 turnovers ... Maryland was outscored at the foul line 18-7.