COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Sporting Alert, Box Score) — Maryland marched on in the NIT Tournament after rallying to secure a comeback 62-52 win over Denver on Thursday night in the second round of the competition.
Trailing 48-39 after Brett Olson hit a 3-pointer for Denver with 9:15 left in the game, Maryland (24-12) went on a scoring tear to erase the deficit with a 23-4 run on their way to victory.
Dez Wells, who scored 19 points was instrumental in the win for the Terrapins, while Seth Allen added 13 points and Nick Faust finished with 12 points, six rebounds and three steals.
“Our kids battled,” a satisfied coach Mark Turgeon said. “We didn’t want the season to end.
Turgeon decided to go small after his bigger lineup was not working and it paid off.
“Our big lineup couldn’t guard them so we went small. We went five guards,” he explained.
“We were desperate. We couldn’t guard them. They had complete control of the game and our post guys couldn’t score against them.
“So we tried to spread them out, try to drive on them and get to the foul line.”
Chris Udofia scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half to lead the Pioneers (22-10) in the defeat.
Jalen Love was the only other Denver player in double digit scoring.