EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dez Wells scored 16 points, including a tying 3 with 2.2 seconds left in regulation, and No. 12 Maryland earned a 68-66 double-overtime win over Michigan State on Tuesday night in the Terrapins’ first-ever Big Ten game.
Melo Trimble, just 2-for-13 from the field, added 15 points for Maryland (13-1), which used its size advantage for a 52-36 edge on the boards.
Travis Trice scored 26 points for the Spartans (9-5, 0-1), who had just one double-figure scorer in 50 minutes.
The Terrapins’ other big edge was going 26-for-32 from the foul line, all after halftime, while Michigan State missed great chances at the end of regulation and the first overtime.
Neither team shot the ball well from the field or from 3-point range, a surprise after their pre-conference showings. Maryland hit just 33 percent from the field, including 18 percent from behind the arc. The Spartans made just 32 percent from the field.
Michigan State led 48-45 and had a chance to foul in the closing seconds. Tom Izzo chose not to do that, and his team paid the price two overtimes later.
Wells stroked a lean-in 3, just the Terrapins’ third shot from behind the arc, before Spartans’ standout Denzel Valentine hit the back of the rim from near midcourt before fouling out with four points.
Michigan State had another great chance late in the first overtime when Bryn Forbes hit one of two shots after a technical foul on Maryland coach Mark Turgeon.
Trailing 55-51, the Terrapins tied it when Wells found Jon Graham for a layup, then hit two free throws with 26 seconds left. They survived a scare when Forbes, one of the nation’s best shooters from range, missed an open 3 from the right corner.
Maryland continued to take the ball to the basket and finally got more than a one-point lead when Wells stripped Trice and dunked to make it 60-57 in the second OT. The Terrapins were 13 for 16 at the line in the overtimes, accounting for nearly two-thirds of their points.
Maryland: The Terrapins earned their highest ranking in the polls since 2004 by going 6-1 with Wells out with a broken right wrist. Before and after that injury on Nov. 25, Maryland is 7-0.
Michigan State: Izzo’s record dropped to (17-3) in Big Ten home openers. Despite lowering its Big Ten-best 28-percent yield from long range, one make by Wells made the difference.
Maryland hosts Minnesota on Saturday afternoon.
Michigan State hosts Indiana next Monday night.
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