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Wells scores 21, nails game-winner as Maryland beats Miami 74-71

  • Maryland guard Roddy Peters, left, wrestles the ball away from Miami forward Donnavan Kirk in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in College Park, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Maryland guard Roddy Peters, left, wrestles the ball away from Miami forward Donnavan Kirk in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in College Park, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Maryland guard Jake Layman, center, drives past Miami guard Rion Brown, from left, forward Donnavan Kirk and guard Manu Lecomte in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in College Park, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Maryland guard Jake Layman, center, drives past Miami guard Rion Brown, from left, forward Donnavan Kirk and guard Manu Lecomte in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in College Park, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Miami guard Rion Brown, left, shoots over Maryland guard Roddy Peters during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in College Park, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Miami guard Rion Brown, left, shoots over Maryland guard Roddy Peters during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in College Park, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)  (The Associated Press)

Dez Wells scored all 21 of his points in the second half and drilled a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left to carry Maryland past Miami 74-71 Wednesday night.

Limited to five minutes of playing time in the first half after picking up two quick fouls, Wells went 7-for-7 from the floor and 6-for-6 at the foul line over the final 20 minutes.

The Terrapins blew a 10-point lead over the final 2 ½ minutes before Wells connected from the top of the key, breaking the deadlock.

Maryland then fouled Manu Lacomte, who missed both free throws with 2.5 seconds remaining.

Jake Layman and Evan Smotrycz each tallied 15 points for Maryland, which won for only the second time in six games. Maryland (12-9, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 55-54 with 8:37 remaining before Wells scored 10 points during a 15-4 run.

Miami (10-10, 2-6) has dropped four of five