No. 22 Virginia 71, Maryland 44

Mike Scott told his Virginia teammates that three losses in four

games was nothing to panic over, and then went out and put them at

ease with a dominating performance.

The senior forward had 25 points and seven rebounds and No. 22

Virginia took command with a 16-0 run early in the second half and

beat Maryland 71-44 on Saturday.

”We’re fine,” Scott said he told his teammate, even after an

injury to No. 2 scorer Joe Harris made it seem as if offense was

going to be scarce. ”At Carolina, our defense didn’t hold up. At

Clemson, we turned the ball over. We were just paying for our

mistakes.”

The Cavaliers kept those to a minimum against the Terrapins,

turning the ball over just seven times and making Maryland earn

everything it got on offense. In the first half, that was seven

3-pointers, several against good defense. In the second half? Very

little.

Virginia coach Tony Bennett had no problem with the 3s Maryland

made, either, noting that on almost every one, the shooter had a

hand in his face.

”If they can make those all game, well, there’s not any defense

that can stop that,” he told his team, encouraging them to

maintain the intensity on defense.

Virginia scored 16 consecutive points in the second half after

Maryland hit a jumper to start the half, and the Terrapins went

8:18 before notching another point. They finished 5 for 24 after

halftime, 0-for-6 on 3-pointers and shot 26.9 percent for the

game.

”We emphasized playing 40 minutes of our defense,” guard Sammy

Zeglinski said. ”Imposing our will, we would say. … I thought if

we kept imposing our will and wearing them down, they would start

missing some shots and we would turn it into offense.”

Malcolm Brogdon added 14 points and Sammy Zeglinski 11 for the

Cavaliers (20-6, 7-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who ended their

first two-game losing streak of the season.

Terrell Stoglin scored 14 points, all in the first half, and

Nick Faust had 13 for Maryland (15-11, 5-7), but first-year coach

Mark Turgeon followed Bennett’s lead late and pulled his primary

players and inserted walk-ons.

”I’d just had enough,” Turgeon said. ”Selfishness, not boxing

out, not defending.”

It probably stung more seeing the Cavaliers doing all those

things.

”I thought they executed, they defended their tails off and

they played with more toughness,” he said. ”They were clearly the

team that wanted it more today. … We had a two-point lead in the

second half and then it was all them. Total domination.”

Maryland broke a 31-all halftime tie on a jumper by James

Padgett to start the second half. By the time they scored again, on

a putback by Ashton Pankey, it was 47-35 and the Cavaliers were

showing no signs of letting up.

Meanwhile, Harris hit two jumpers with his broken left hand

heavily padded, Scott scored the next seven points, Zeglinski made

a 3 and Harris capped the 16-0 burst with a jumper.

Even after Ashton Pankey’s putback dunk broke the Terps’

scoreless drought, the Cavaliers scored eight of the next 10

points, delighting a sold out John Paul Jones Arena.

Scott, whose point total was his career high in a conference

game, dominated early. At one point, he had outscored the Terps

14-13, and he had 10 during a 15-7 run that gave the Cavaliers a

22-13 lead. Then Stoglin and the Terps heated up, scoring 13 of the

next 15.

Stoglin hit three 3-pointers in the burst, and Maryland was 7

for 13 from behind the arc in the half. That kept them in the game,

but they missed all six of their shots from deep in the second

half, and finished 14 for 52 overall, just 26.9 percent.