Maryland runs away from Northwestern 77-57

Maryland runs away from Northwestern 77-57
November 27, 2012, 11:42 pm
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Maryland guard Dezmine Wells (32) scores and is fouled by Northwestern guard Dave Sobolewski (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Dez Wells set a career high with 23 points as Maryland blew out Northwestern in the second half en route to a 77-57 win on Tuesday night.

A week after Maryland announced it would leave the ACC and join the Big Ten in 2014, the Terrapins and Wildcats faced off in a preview of future conference foes and one of 12 contests in the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Maryland (5-1) led 28-26 at halftime but broke the game open in the second half, scoring on its first 10 possessions. The run stretched the lead to 47-34.

Wells finished the spurt by hitting a 3-pointer and going coast-to-coast for a layup after a Northwestern turnover.

Wells hurt the Wildcats (6-1) from all spots on the floor, slashing to the basket and stepping back to hit jumpers. He was 9 for 11 from the field with three assists.

Reggie Hearn had 19 points and Dave Sobolewski 14 for Northwestern, which was denied a fifth straight ACC/Big Ten Challenge victory.