Dez Wells scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half and Maryland beat pesky Wake Forest 75-62 on Thursday night in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Alex Len and Seth Allen added 11 points for the seventh-seeded Terrapins (21-11).
They struggled for about 30 minutes against a Wake Forest team they previously beat twice by a combined 36 points.
But they held the Demon Deacons without a field goal for a critical 8 1/2-minute stretch while using a late 24-8 run to pull away for their seventh straight win in the series. Maryland will face No. 2 Duke, the tournament’s second seed, in the quarterfinals Friday night.