Maryland falls to No. 24 Virginia 75-72 in OT
Sean Mosley walked off the court at Maryland for the final time
with his head held high, even though the Terrapins had just lost
75-72 in overtime to No. 24 Virginia.
Sometimes, there’s honor playing well in defeat.
Terrell Stoglin scored 25 points, Mosley had 17 points and 10
rebounds, and Maryland (16-14, 6-10 Atlantic Coast Conference)
erased a 12-point deficit over the final 8 minutes to force
overtime Sunday. But it wasn’t enough to overcome the heroics of
Virginia’s Mike Scott, who had a career-high 35 points along with
”There’s something about that loss, it really hurt,” said
Mosley, a standout guard who was honored before the game on Senior
Day. ”But at the end of the day we fought hard, and that’s all I
could ask for.”
Virginia led 57-49 with 5:51 remaining before 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 a point.
After Sammy Zeglinski hit a jumper for Virginia with 13 seconds
go to, Stoglin drilled a 3-pointer with 7 seconds left to tie it at
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,” Maryland coach
Mark Turgeon said.
In overtime, Scott scored half of Virginia’s 14 points.
The good news for Mosley is that it isn’t his final game.
Maryland has the opportunity to shine this week in the ACC
”There’s still a lot of basketball to be played,” he said.
”We’ve got to try to do our best down there and win some games,
and hopefully win the whole thing.”
Scott, a 6-foot-8 senior, had never scored more than 28 points
in an ACC game. His 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,” Scott 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
Zeglinski, who scored 20 points. ”We really wanted that
first-round bye. We’re just really happy to get out of here with
Combined with a 71-44 rout of Maryland on Feb. 18, the Cavaliers
completed their first sweep of the Terrapins since 2007.
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,” 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
Earlier, it didn’t seem possible that the Terrapins would end up
pushing the game into overtime. 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.
”We’re going to be all right,” Stoglin said. ”We’re going to
go into practice, work hard and we’ll be ready for the
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
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