DEZ WELLS scored 16 points, including a tying three with 2.2 seconds left in regulation, and No. 12 Maryland earned a 68-66, double-overtime win at Michigan State last night in the Terrapins' first-ever Big Ten game.
Melo Trimble, only 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.
"That win took a lot," Wells said. "And it was a grind."
Travis Trice scored 26 points for the Spartans (9-5, 0-1), who had only 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 three-point range, a surprise after their pre-conference showings. Maryland hit only 33 percent from the field, including 18 percent from behind the arc. The Spartans made only 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 three, 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 three 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.
The night was dripping with drama by the time the second overtime rolled around, but that only came after Wells' improvised three-pointer to tie the game at 48 with 3 seconds left in regulation.
"Dez just stepped up and made us all look good," Turgeon said.
In other games
* At Ohio State, Jarrod Uthoff scored 18 points and Aaron White added 17 to lead Iowa (10-4) past the No. 20 Buckeyes, 71-65, in the Big Ten opener for both teams. Sam Thompson had 17 points, D'Angelo Russell scored 13 despite heavy foul trouble and Marc Loving added 10 for the Buckeyes (11-3).
* At Virginia, Justin Anderson hit back-to-back three-pointers to fuel a 12-3 run in the second half and the No. 3 Cavaliers (12-0) pulled away to beat Davidson, 83-72. Anthony Gill led Virginia (12-0) with a career-high 25 points and 13 rebounds.
* At Florida State, Florida forward Jacob Kurtz accidentally tipped in a Devon Bookert miss with 0.4 seconds left to give the Seminoles a 65-63 win. The victory snapped the Gators' five-game win streak in the series dating back to 2008.
The fluke play saved the Seminoles after they gave up an alley-oop from Kasey Hill to Dorian Finney-Smith with 8 seconds remaining to tie the game at 63.
* At Louisville, Terry Rozier scored 23 points, Montrezl Harrell added 16 and the No. 5 Cardinals (12-1) beat Long Beach State, 63-48.
* At Kansas, freshman Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 20 points and Perry Ellis added 15 to help the No. 13 Jayhawks (10-2) beat Kent State, 78-62. Jimmy Hall scored 13 points and had eight rebounds for Kent State (8-4).
* At Notre Dame, Demetrius Jackson led four players in double figures with 18 points and the No. 14 Fighting Irish (13-1) beat Hartford, 87-60.
* At West Virginia, Juwan Staten scored 18 points and Gary Browne added 12 as the No. 17 Mountaineers (12-1) routed Virginia Tech, 82-51.
* At North Carolina, J.P. Tokoto matched a season high with 19 points and added 10 rebounds, and the No. 19 Tar Heels (10-3) beat William & Mary, 86-64.
* At Baylor, Royce O'Neale scored 15 points of his career-best 23 points in the opening minutes of the second half to lead the No. 22 Bears to a 92-51 win over Norfolk State. Rico Gathers added 13 points and 11 rebounds for Baylor (11-1). Taurean Prince and Al Freeman scored 13 each.
* At Utah, the No. 10 Utes (9-2) easily disposed of Carroll College, 85-59.
* At Delaware, Kory Holden scored a career-high 27 points and dished out five assists to lift the Blue Hens to their first win of the season with an 82-77, comeback victory over St. Bonaventure.
Delaware (1-10) trailed by 10 midway in the second half. The Blue Hens sealed the win by hitting seven of eight from the free-throw line down the stretch.