Maryland holds off Valparaiso, 65-62, with late swipe

Mar 20, 2015 7:20 PM by Ross Field

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Dez Wells converted an offensive rebound into a three-point play with 1:44 left and Varun Ram stripped away Valparaiso's last chance as Maryland held off the determined Crusaders 65-62 on Friday to move on in the NCAA Tournament.

The fourth-seeded Terrapins (27-6), in the tournament for the first time since 2010, advanced to face West Virginia in Midwest Regional on Sunday.

Alec Peters led 13th-seeded Valpo (28-6) with 18 points.

The Crusaders were down 3 with one last chance for coach Bryce Drew to draw up a winning play. He didn't need a length of the court pass as he did when he made the most famous shot in school history back in the 1998 tournament, but Valpo did need a 3.

Keith Carter went up for one in the corner, but Ram reached in and swiped the ball away - maybe getting some of Carter's arm in the process.

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