Virginia Dismantles Maryland

Worst half of the season leads to 71-44 loss to UVA on Saturday.

Maryland picked a terrible time to have their worst half of the season Saturday, as their 13-point second half effort at Virginia led to a 71-44 pummeling. After the two teams headed into the break tied at 31-all, Virginia outscored the Terps, 40-13 on their way to their 20th victory of the season.

The opening half was an interesting one for the Terrapins, to say the least. Early on, the Terps had a front row seat for the Mike Scott show. The senior forward, who leads the Cavaliers in scoring and rebounding, put on a clinic early on, as the Virginia's athletic frontcourt gave the Terps' bigs fits throughout the half.

Scott displayed his range, stepping out and hitting mid-range jumpers over bigger defenders like Berend Weijs, and his strength down low, bodying the solid James Padgett for some well-earned points in the paint.

The Terps' offense, on the other hand, was ice cold to start the game. Before they could even blink, the Terps found themselves in a 7-0 hole just minutes in.

What saved Maryland from falling out of the game early Saturday, was their long-range game, something they really began showing off Thursday against Boston College. Within two possessions, Maryland had cut their deficit to 7-6 thanks to two shots from beyond the arc.

Scott refused to go away however, and the Maryland defense was doing little to stop him. With 6:02 remaining in the half, Scott's 14 points was more than the entire Maryland team, as the Cavaliers led, 22-13.

The measly offensive output from Maryland early on was due in large part to stifling defense on the home team's part. The Terps' first 2-point field goal came on a Nick Faust basket with just 4:35 remaining in the half.

The basket proved to be a big one however, as it sparked a furious Maryland run. Next came a personal 9-0 run by guard Terrell Stoglin, whose three straight 3-pointers gave Maryland a 26-24 lead with 3:42 remaining. As time wound down, a Faust 3-pointer knotted things up at 31-31 heading into the half.

The Terps lived and died from long range in the first half Saturday, managing only two 2-point field goals in the half while shooting 54 percent (7-of-13) from beyond the arc. Stoglin's 14 points at the break was bested only by Scott's 16 (7-of-11 FG).

Virginia made the appropriate adjustments at the half however, forcing Maryland into an abysmal four turnovers and 0-of-7 shooting in 11 early second half possessions. On the other side of the ball, the Cavaliers took advantage of the Terps' slump, going on a 16-0 run to take a commanding 47-33 lead with 12:24 left.

Maryland finally broke a nearly 10-minute field goal drought on an Ashton Pankey put back dunk with 11:32 remaining, cutting the lead to 47-35. Yet, Maryland couldn't even get anything going against Virginia's young reserves, as the Cavalier's bench players played a good portion of the half, holding the Terps' to only six points in the first 13 minutes.

The home team rode a 29-9 run in the opening 15 minutes of the half to bury the ice-cold Terrapins. After hitting seven 3-pointers in the first half, the Terps did not hit from outside for the remainder of the game.

As the lead continued to grow in the waning minutes of the half, the Maryland cast of walk-ons made a rare cameo as Jonathan Thomas, Spencer Barks, Jon Dillard, John Auslander, Jacob Susskind and Arnold Richmond all made appearances.

Turnovers were one of the many problems for the Terps Saturday, as they registered more turnovers (15) on the day than field goals (14). Maryland shot a horrendous 26.9 percent from the field (14-of-52), compared to Virginia's 48.1 percent effort (26-of-54).

Scott finished with a game-high and a conference career-high of 25 points, adding a team-high 11 rebounds. Stoglin, on the other hand, was held completely scoreless in the second half, finishing the game 4-of-16 from the field. Faust added 13 points for the Terps.

Maryland (15-11, 5-7 ACC) will head back to College Park, where they take on the visiting Miami Hurricanes on Tuesday night. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m.

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