Reporting Brendan Darr
Sunday was Maryland’s senior night, however, it was Virginia’s star senior – Forward Mike Scott – who stole the show. Scott finished with a career-high 35 points, he also added 11 rebounds. The Terps just had no answer for Scott, no matter who they threw at him. As much damage as Scott did, Maryland nearly overcame it with a spirited comeback in the second half — a Mark Turgeon technical foul got the crowd, and team, energized.
With 8 minutes and 11 seconds to go, Virginia led 53-41, but the lead was erased before both teams ultimately had chances to win the game in the final seconds. Virginia took a timeout with 20 seconds to go, and out of the timeout had Sammy Zeglinski hit a shot at the top of the key, and after review it was ruled a two-pointer. Terrell Stoglin responded immediately with a 3 to tie the game.
UVA had a chance to win as they threw an alley-oop off an in-bounds pass. Alex Len couldn’t catch up to Darion Atkins, but he missed the lay-up and James Padgett got the rebound. Maryland had a shot to win with 4.7 seconds. Stoglin raced down the court, but his 30-foot heave at the buzzer caught the front of the rim.
Maryland was able to come back thanks to a steady dose of Terrell Stoglin and Sean Mosley. Mosley had a double-double of his own, as he finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds. The two combined for a 14-for-39 shooting performance, but were able to hit clutch shots down the stretch.
The free basketball period didn’t start well for the Terps as two turnovers on their first two possessions allowed Virginia to take a four point lead that they could never overcome. Mike Scott made some clutch free throws down in the final minute, before a buzzer-beater Terrell Stoglin three-pointer ended the game.
Maryland has a few days to prepare for the ACC Tournament. They still don’t know their opponent in the 8-9 game on Thursday, but it will be either Virginia Tech or Wake Forest depending on Sunday nights Virginia Tech-North Carolina State game. One thing we do know, Nick Faust will play in that game despite a minor ankle sprain he suffered today.
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