Denver vs Maryland

    Maryland 62, Denver 52


    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Maryland used a small lineup to mount a big comeback in a 62-52 victory over Denver on Thursday night in the second round of the NIT.

    Dez Wells scored 19 points for the Terrapins, who closed with a 23-4 run after trailing 48-39 with 9:15 left.

    "Our kids battled. We didn't want the season to end," coach Mark Turgeon said. "Our big lineup couldn't guard them so we went small. We went five guards."

    Wells fueled the surge with nine points. It was the sixth game in 12 days for the Terrapins (24-12), who won't play again until next week against either Alabama or Stanford.

    "We're gassed," Turgeon said. "Our guys just had guts. That's a really good win for us after what we've been through."

    Chris Udofia scored 24 for the Pioneers (22-10), including 19 during a first half that featured three ties and 12 lead changes. But he got his third foul with 17:55 left and fourth with 8:37 to go.

    "Obviously, foul trouble on Udofia was a key factor for us," Pioneers coach Joe Scott said. "But they made the plays they had to make, they made the foul shots, and we didn't."

    Seeking its 12th win in 13 games, Denver appeared poised for an upset as the second half wore on. It was 33-all before Marcus Byrd drilled a 3-pointer to spark a 15-6 spree that included a three-point play and a 3-pointer by Brett Olsen.

    And then Maryland began its comeback with 7-foot-1 Alex Len and 6-8 James Padgett on the bench.

    "We were desperate," Turgeon said. "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."

    Maryland used five straight free throws to launch the decisive run. A runner by Seth Allen put the Terrapins up 51-50 with 4:09 remaining, the first time they led after halftime.

    Turgeon was pressed to remember the last time he used a lineup of five guards for that long.

    "I coached a JV team at Kansas where my power forward was 6-2 and sometimes he played center," Turgeon said. "I'm sure we did it there."

    Despite the loss, Scott believed his team benefited from its two-game run in the NIT.

    "The future is bright," he said, "and this type of experience is the thing that can get you going in the direction you want to go."

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    Denver Pioneers
    R. O'Neale, F383-50-15547
    C. Udofia, F319-164-861424
    B. Olson, G394-111-141110
    C. Hallam, G353-112-36348
    J. Love, G260-30-00130
    C. Griffin230-20-03100
    M. Byrd81-20-01013
    Totals 20-507-1330121752
    Maryland Terrapins
    J. Layman, F291-31-22144
    A. Len, C142-71-13045
    D. Wells, G357-105-541119
    N. Faust, G312-57-962212
    P. Howard, G260-10-03120
    S. Allen286-100-041113
    L. Aronhalt181-30-00002
    C. Mitchell122-71-26015
    J. Padgett41-20-00002
    S. Cleare30-00-00000
    Totals 22-4815-193261562
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    TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
    No. Dak. St.12-423-1092
    S. Dak. St.12-424-1190
    Oral Roberts10-619-15163
    South Dakota9-717-16213
    Western Ill.3-138-20328

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    TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
    Michigan St.12-627-1223
    Ohio St.11-724-1141
    Penn St.4-1418-16108
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