GREENSBORO — Wake Forests drought in the ACC tournament continues.
The Deacons, losers of six consecutive conference tournament games entering Thursday nights contest against Maryland, dropped their seventh against the Terrapins 75-62 in the Greensboro Coliseum.
Maryland, paced by Dez Wells 21 points, overcame a five-point halftime deficit. With five minutes remaining in the game, the No. 7-seeded Terrapins took their largest lead of the game at 64-56 and didnt look back.
Wake Forest (13-18) didnt help its case by not scoring a field goal from the 10:02 mark in the second half until 1:26 remained in the game.
(At) about the eight-minute timeout I said, Guys, we have to make them shoot jump shots. Theyre getting to the rim, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. They got some open ones but they didnt fall for them. But we were pretty locked in. The scouting report was pretty good in the second half.
After a missed free throw with less than six minutes remaining, Wells threw an outlet pass to Nick Faust, who sliced a defender but missed the layup. However, PeShon Howard was there for the tip-in and his fifth straight point to put Maryland (21-11) up 61-56.
Faust then stripped Harris of the ball on a fast break. On the other end, Charles Mitchell collected a missed 3-pointer, made a bucket and drew the foul to give Maryland an eight-point lead.
The Deacons held a 35-30 lead at halftime thanks in large part to C.J. Harris 13 points. Harris, the lone scholarship senior on Jeff Bzdeliks squad, did what he could to ensure it wouldnt be his last game as a Deacon.
The senior committed to Wake Forest when it was ranked No. 1 in the nation, but he spent his entire career with a club that went to the NCAA tournament once and won just one postseason game.
Harris shot the ball 11 times in the first half. He finished with 19 points.
Were disappointed for him, Bzdelik said. Hes a terrific young man. Hes really just been a great role model for our young players. He represents Wake Forest the way we want it to be represented. Were disappointed for him.
Less than a minute into the second half, Wake Forest had already lost its five-point lead. Two free throws by Faust and four points by Wells gave the Terps their first lead since the seven-minute mark of the first half.
Wells had 23 and 11 points in the two regular-season meetings between the teams. At Maryland the Deacons lost by 26. They fell at home 67-57 less than two weeks ago.
Wake Forest hasnt won an ACC tournament game since 2007. The Deacons last tournament win came in a double-overtime victory against Georgia Tech, which happened to be late coach Skip Prossers final win with Wake Forest.
There is a very bright future, Bzdelik said. We have beaten four out of the top six teams in this league. Weve lost in numerous close games. As these young men grow up, get bigger and stronger, theyre going to turn those close losses into great wins.