A Dez Wells scoring spree to start the second half ended Wake Forest's hopes of pulling the 7-10 upset and finished their season, while Maryland will advance to the ACC quarterfinals after the 75-62 win.
Wells finished with 21 points on just 10 shots, drilling both threes he attempted and putting down a pair of slam dunks as part of a spurt that pulled Maryland back from a halftime deficit. The Terps entered the half down five, but cut that lead quickly and soon led by double digits.
Wake Forest's C.J. Harris seemed like he'd be a problem for Maryland at the start of what turned out to be his final collegiate game: The senior guard scored Wake Forest's first five points, eventually ending the period with 13. Meanwhile, the only bucket for 7-footer Alex Len in the half was a three-pointer, as he only took two shots despite not facing anyone over 6'9. The Demon Deacons would lead by as much as seven in the first period, eventually heading into halftime up 35-30.
Wells did not take kindly to his team trailing. The Xavier transfer scored 12 of Maryland's first 16 points, including two dunks and two three-pointers, and a rebound and bucket by Len gave Maryland their first lead in a while. Later, a Len dunk and a three by Pe'Shon Howard — his first of the game — sparked a 13-4 run that would start to put the game out of reach. The Demon Deacons responded by going over eight minutes without a field goal. Maryland would lead by as much as 15 before the end of the game.
Maryland advances to play second-seeded Duke in the next round, music to the ears of Terps fans who remember an 83-81 upset over the team then ranked No. 2 — in the country, not the conference — in College Park in February. Now, however, the Blue Devils have Ryan Kelly back.