Yet Sunday afternoon provided one last opportunity, one last fairytale chance, to send off the man who has seen it all on this relatively young team.
As Sean Mosley sat down to face the press after his last game at Comcast Center, the senior, who has logged over 3,000 minutes in his four-year career, maintained that walking off the court after a 75-72 overtime loss to Virginia felt no different than any other loss. Yet, as the questions came in, the Terps' captain couldn't help but reminisce.
My first two years flew past kinda fast and my junior and senior year rolled around fast, said Mosley. As a player, I tip my hats off to all my teammates for making that moment special even though we lost.
It was evident when watching Mosley on Sunday that the man who has started the most games in Maryland history was gracing Gary Williams Court for the last time. The senior turned in 17 points and 10 rebounds in 44 minutes of play, hustling to every loose ball and attacking the rim more than usual.
You could tell it was his last home game because he really left it out there, said Mark Turgeon. I can't imagine where I'd be without him.
While Sunday's game may not have ended the way Mosley wanted his farewell to go, it will certainly be a memorable one.
In a game that Virginia led throughout, the Terps made one final push in the closing minutes in the hopes of stealing one from their border-state rivals.
After trailing by as many as 12 points, Maryland clawed back to within 57-55 at the 3:09 mark after an Alex Len assist led to a James Padgett slam.
The next two possessions saw a battle of each team's best, as Mike Scott, who had a career-high 35 points, and Terrell Stoglin exchanged baskets to keep the lead at two.
Unfortunately for Maryland, Virginia's best was much better Sunday. Scott shot 11-of-20 from the field and 13-of-18 from the line. The fifth-year senior also grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds in the win. Maryland threw numerous looks at the Cavaliers' top man, but nothing could contain the 6-foot-8 forward.
What it really comes down to is Mike Scott, said Turgeon. He's the best player on the floor. He made play after play after play.
One James Padgett free throw, which came at a premium Sunday, at the 1:31 mark cut the Virginia lead to 59-58. Padgett, who had been shooting the ball pretty well at the line recently, was a horrid 3-of-10 on Sunday.
On the other end, Virginia worked the ball late into the shot clock before Padgett was called for a push on Scott, who uncharacteristically missed both shots from the line to keep the Maryland deficit at one.
Out of the Terps timeout, a Mosley turnaround jumper from the baseline found the side of the rim, setting the stage for another senior.
Guard Sammy Zeglinski, who chipped in with 20 points, had his biggest basket of the game on a pull-up jumper with 14 seconds remaining, widening the lead to 61-58.
Just when all seemed lost for the Terps, the conference's leading scorer took the stage. Terrell Stoglin's pull-up 3-pointer with 8.5 seconds remaining knotted things up at 61-61 as the Comcast Center crowd of 16,497 exploded.
On the other end, a failed alley-oop attempt to Darion Atkins out of the timeout gave Maryland the ball with just over 4 seconds left. As Stoglin came to the ball, a screen by the 7-foot Len opened up the court for the sophomore to put up a final heave. The ball was on-line but clanked off the front rim to send the game into an extra session.
I was going to Terrell, said Turgeon. I was trying to decide between him and Nick what to do, but Terrell's made a lot of big shots for us It was right on. Terrell's not shooting the ball like he was but I thought, man would that have been fun.
The Cavaliers opened up a commanding 69-64 lead heading into the closing minute of the extra period until a Stoglin 3-pointer with 44 seconds remaining gave the Terrapins life and cut the deficit to two.
On the other end, a miscommunication on defense left a wide-open lane for guard Jontel Evans to waltz right in for a basket with only 19 seconds remaining, widening the lead to 71-67 and effectively sealing the deal for Virginia.
Stoglin, who shot only 8-of-24 from the field, ended the game with a team-high 25 points. Nick Faust chipped in with 13 points and three rebounds but tallied zero assists to a whopping six turnovers.
I just told them I was proud of them, repeated Turgeon. That was just a gutty effort by my guys.
Just before making his way out of the media room, Mosley flashed his patented toothy grin as a pair of questions came in from a reporter about the senior's favorite memories.
Mosley's favorite memory: Almost two years ago to the day, as the then-sophomore helped the Terps knock off Duke on Senior Night.
Mosley's favorite memory this season: Every game. Every practice.
o Maryland shot 40.3 percent from the floor (25-of-62)
o Stoglin and Mosley combined for 39 of those 62 attempts
o The Terps shot 53.8 percent from the line (14-of-26)
o Mark Turgeon picked up his fourth technical of the year Sunday
o Maryland will play the 8/9 game at noon on Thursday