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No. 4 Badgers fall to Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Guard Dez Wells scored 26 points and had seven rebounds as 14th-ranked Maryland upset fifth-ranked Wisconsin 59-53 on Tuesday in a Big Ten Conference men's basketball showdown between the only ranked teams in the conference.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Guard Dez Wells scored 26 points and had seven rebounds as 14th-ranked Maryland upset fifth-ranked Wisconsin 59-53 on Tuesday in a Big Ten Conference men’s basketball showdown between the only ranked teams in the conference.
Maryland guard Melo Trimble, who added 16 points, made a layup and free throw with 33.3 seconds left to give the Terps a 57-52 lead, and the Badgers missed several shots on their next possession.
Wells has now scored at least 20 points in three of his last six games for the Terps, who are alone in second place after being tied with Michigan State and Purdue when the day began.
Maryland (23-5, 11-4 Big Ten), with the win, is now 8-0 at home this season against Big Ten teams. The Badgers (25-3, 13-2) saw their 10-game winning streak come to an end despite 18 points from center Frank Kaminsky before a sellout crowd of 17,950 fans.
The Terps had won their previous four home games by a total of 13 points.
The Badgers, who trailed by 11 at halftime, battled back and tied the game at 47 on a basket by guard Bronson Koenig with 6:35 left in the game.
Wells hit two free throws with 5:50 left to give the Terps a 49-47 lead. The Maryland senior made two more free throws to build the margin to 51-47 with 5:30 to go.
A dunk by Wells with 4:03 left built the margin to 53-48, and a few minutes later Trimble made a lefty layup to make it 55-50 with 2:40 to go.
Kaminsky made a layup in traffic with 1:03 left to cut the margin to 55-52.
Kaminsky entered the game averaging 17.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest.
Wells had a fabulous first half as he led the Terps in points (14), rebounds (three) and assists (three). Trimble scored on a twisting layup just before the buzzer as Maryland took a 31-20 lead into intermission to match its biggest lead of the half.
The Badgers led 7-4 before Maryland went on a 14-3 run to take the lead at 18-10 on two straight baskets by Wells. The Terps built the lead to 23-12 on a basket and free throw by Wells with 8:24 left.
Wisconsin cut the margin to 27-20 on back-to-back baskets by forward Sam Dekker. But Wells made two free throws and Trimble made his layup for an 11-point halftime lead.
Wisconsin shot just 29.6 percent in the first half while Maryland made 54.2 percent of its field goal tries.
Kaminsky was held to six points, as reserve forward Michal Cekovsky came off the bench to frustrate the Badgers 7-footer.
Forward Damonte Dodd, a 6-foot-11 forward, started for Maryland but appeared hesitant early on going against Kaminsky, and head coach Mark Turgeon turned to Cekovsky, a freshman from Slovakia.
-- Wisconsin G Traveon Jackson, who has been out with an injury, hopes to play Saturday when the Badgers host Michigan

No. 14 Maryland 59, No. 4 Wisconsin 53
WISCONSIN (53): Gasser 1-5 0-0 3, Koenig 2-12 0-0 6, Kaminsky 7-14 4-7 18, Dekker 6-12 0-0 14, N.Hayes 3-6 3-5 10, Dukan 1-3 0-0 2, Z.Showalter 0-0 0-0 0, Vt.Brown 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-52 7-12 53.
MARYLAND (59): Trimble 7-14 2-4 16, Layman 3-11 0-0 6, D.Wells 9-17 7-7 26, Cekovsky 2-2 0-0 4, Smotrycz 0-2 0-0 0, R.Pack 1-2 0-0 2, Nickens 2-2 0-0 5, Dodd 0-0 0-0 0, D.Wiley 0-0 0-0 0, Jo.Graham 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-50 9-11 59.
Wisconsin    20    33    -53
Maryland    31    28    -59
3-Point Goals: Wisconsin 6-22 (Dekker 2-6, Koenig 2-7, N.Hayes 1-2, Gasser 1-4, Dukan 0-1, Kaminsky 0-2), Maryland 2-7 (Nickens 1-1, D.Wells 1-1, Smotrycz 0-1, Layman 0-2, Trimble 0-2). Fouled out: N.Hayes. Rebounds: Wisconsin 31 (Dekker 9), Maryland 31 (D.Wells 7). Assists: Wisconsin 6 (Kaminsky, Dekker, Koenig 2), Maryland 8 (D.Wells 4). Total Fouls: Wisconsin 12 (N.Hayes 5), Maryland 14 (Dodd 4). A-17,950.

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