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No. 22 Virginia pulls away after Maryland's dismal second half

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Mike Scott told his Virginia teammates that three losses in four
games was nothing to panic over, and then went out and put them at
ease with a dominating performance.

The senior forward had 25 points and seven rebounds and
No. 22 Virginia took command with a 16-0 run early in the second half and
beat Maryland 71-44 on Saturday.

"We're fine," Scott said he told his teammate, even after an
injury to No. 2 scorer Joe Harris made it seem as if offense was
going to be scarce. "At Carolina, our defense didn't hold up. At
Clemson, we turned the ball over. We were just paying for our
mistakes."

The Cavaliers kept those to a minimum against the Terrapins,
turning the ball over just seven times and making Maryland earn
everything it got on offense. In the first half, that was seven
3-pointers, several against good defense. In the second half? Very
little.

Virginia coach Tony Bennett had no problem with the 3s Maryland
made, either, noting that on almost every one, the shooter had a
hand in his face.

"If they can make those all game, well, there's not any defense
that can stop that," he told his team, encouraging them to
maintain the intensity on defense.

Virginia scored 16 consecutive points in the second half after
Maryland hit a jumper to start the half, and the Terrapins went
8:18 before notching another point. They finished 5 for 24 after
halftime, 0-for-6 on 3-pointers and shot 26.9 percent for the game.

"We emphasized playing 40 minutes of our defense," guard Sammy Zeglinski said. "Imposing our will, we would say. ... I thought if
we kept imposing our will and wearing them down, they would start
missing some shots and we would turn it into offense."

Malcolm Brogdon added 14 points and Zeglinski 11 for the
Cavaliers (20-6, 7-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who ended their
first two-game losing streak of the season.

Terrell Stoglin scored 14 points, all in the first half, and
Nick Faust had 13 for Maryland (15-11, 5-7), but first-year coach
Mark Turgeon followed Bennett's lead late and pulled his primary
players and inserted walk-ons.

"I'd just had enough," Turgeon said. "Selfishness, not boxing
out, not defending."

It probably stung more seeing the Cavaliers doing all those
things.

"I thought they executed, they defended their tails off and
they played with more toughness," he said. "They were clearly the
team that wanted it more today. ... We had a two-point lead in the
second half and then it was all them. Total domination."

Maryland broke a 31-all halftime tie on a jumper by James Padgett to start the second half. By the time they scored again, on
a putback by Ashton Pankey, it was 47-35 and the Cavaliers were
showing no signs of letting up.

Meanwhile, Harris hit two jumpers with his broken left hand
heavily padded, Scott scored the next seven points, Zeglinski made
a 3 and Harris capped the 16-0 burst with a jumper.

Even after Pankey's putback dunk broke the Terps'
scoreless drought, the Cavaliers scored eight of the next 10
points, delighting a sold out John Paul Jones Arena.

Scott, whose point total was his career high in a conference
game, dominated early. At one point, he had outscored the Terps
14-13, and he had 10 during a 15-7 run that gave the Cavaliers a
22-13 lead. Then Stoglin and the Terps heated up, scoring 13 of the
next 15.

Stoglin hit three 3-pointers in the burst, and Maryland was 7
for 13 from behind the arc in the half. That kept them in the game,
but they missed all six of their shots from deep in the second
half, and finished 14 for 52 overall, just 26.9 percent.