No. 24 Virginia 75, Maryland 72

Mike Scott saved his best for last.

Playing in his final regular season game, Scott scored a

career-high 35 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and carried No. 24

Virginia to a 75-72 overtime victory over Maryland on Sunday.

After the Cavaliers blew a 12-point lead over the final 8

minutes of regulation, Scott accounted for half of Virginia’s 14

points in overtime. The 6-foot-8 senior had never scored more than

28 points in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.

Scott’s heroics came on the heels of the Cavaliers’ collapse

against Florida State, when an 11-point lead with 5 minutes left

turned into a 63-60 defeat.

”I think (against) Florida State, the last 4 minutes I didn’t

assert myself,” he said. ”I just told my teammates, `Get me the

ball.’ I was just trying to win.”

The victory gave Virginia (22-8, 9-7) its most regular-season

wins since the Ralph Sampson-led team had 25 in 1982-83. The

Cavaliers finished in fourth place in the ACC and will receive a

first-round bye in this week’s conference tournament.

”It’s huge. We knew what we were playing for coming in,” said

Sammy Zeglinski, who scored 20 points. ”We really wanted that

first-round bye. We’re just really happy to get out of here with

the `W.”’

Combined with a 71-44 rout of Maryland on Feb. 18, the Cavaliers

completed their first sweep of the Terrapins since 2007.

Terrell Stoglin scored 25 points and Sean Mosley had 17 points

and 10 rebounds for Maryland (16-14, 6-10). The Terps shot 40

percent from the field, went 14 for 26 at the free throw line and

committed 21 fouls.

”We just didn’t shoot the ball well at times and fouled too

much,” coach Mark Turgeon said. ”But what it really comes down to

is Mike Scott. He was the best player on the floor. He made play

after play after play. We tried to double him, so he just stepped

out farther and just kept making plays.”

Successive baskets by Scott in overtime gave the Cavaliers a

69-63 lead. After Maryland closed to 69-67, Jontel Evans made a

layup for Virginia and Joe Harris added two free throws to secure

the win.

”This is an important one for us,” coach Tony Bennett said.

”I hope I can think of some bigger ones as this moves on.”

In their final home game, Scott and Zeglinski were part of that

awful collapse against Florida State. This one, it seems, made up

for it.

”Their Senior Night, they didn’t get to celebrate the way they

wanted to,” Bennett said. ”I said the best way to celebrate is to

play great basketball. They celebrated with their game on the floor

today and that’s as sweet as it gets. I’m happy for them. They

certainly did the job.”

Virginia led 57-49 with 5:51 remaining before the Terrapins

mounted a comeback.

Two free throws by Stoglin and baskets by Nick Faust and James

Padgett made it 57-55. Scott blunted the surge with a basket, but a

drive by Stoglin and a free throw by Padgett got the Terps within

one.

After Zeglinski hit a jumper for Virginia with 13 seconds go to,

Stoglin drilled a 3-pointer with 7 seconds left to tie it at

61.

Stoglin had a chance to win it at the end of regulation, but his

35-foot shot clanged off the front of the rim.

”He had a good look. It was right on the line,” Turgeon

said.

Virginia led 40-35 when Turgeon was called for a technical

foul.

”Unfortunately, I felt like I had to act like a madman just to

get us going,” Turgeon said.

Scott made one of the two free throws, but Mosley answered with

two foul shots and a 3-pointer to make it 41-40, the closest

Maryland got to the lead since it was 5-4.

Following a Virginia timeout, Zeglinski connected from beyond

the arc and Scott scored four points at the line to launch a 12-1

run that put the Cavaliers ahead 53-41 with 8:11 remaining.

The lead would not stand up.

”The loss really hurt, but at the end of the day we fought hard

and that’s the only thing I can ask for,” said Mosley, honored

before the game on Senior Day.

After scoring only 13 points in the second half at Virginia two

weeks earlier, Maryland didn’t fare much better in the first half

of this one. The Terps went 10 for 30 from field, missed all six of

their free throws and were outrebounded in falling behind

31-22.

Maryland took an early lead before Akil Mitchell made a hook

shot and a layup to begin a 12-3 spurt that put the Cavaliers up

15-7. Scott took over in the latter portion of the half, scoring 10

of Virginia’s final 16 points.

Stoglin went 3 for 12 from the field over the opening 20 minutes

and spent the first 5 minutes of the second half on the bench while

Turgeon took his chances with reserves John Auslander and Jonathan

Thomas.