Coming off an inspiring win at Virginia Tech, the Terrapins just didn’t have enough energy left in this one.
“We were just a half-step slow and a little bit lethargic,” Turgeon said, “and you can’t be that way against a team that’s playing as well as they’re playing right now.”
The Cavaliers limited Maryland to one basket in the opening four minutes of the second half while extending a six-point halftime lead to 44-32. After Seth Allen scored for the Terrapins, Jesperson bagged a 3-pointer on the other end to make it 47-34.
It was 51-37 with 13 minutes left before Turgeon called a timeout, took out Len and instructed his team to employ a full-court press. The Cavaliers struggled under the pressure, and the Terrapins scored five straight points to cut the gap to 51-42.
But Virginia answered with a basket by Harris and two 3-pointers by Evan Nolte for a 59-46 advantage.
Maryland closed to 63-55 with 6:48 remaining and 74-67 in the final minute, but the Cavaliers had an answer on each occasion.
“Every time we got on a run, they would hit a good shot,” Allen lamented.
Anderson was jeered by Maryland students virtually every time he touched the ball.
The 6-foot-6 freshman committed to Maryland in 2011, but after Terps coach Gary Williams retired, Anderson changed his mind and accepted a scholarship from Virginia.
Anderson went 5 for 14 from the floor but was 6 for 6 at the line and grabbed nine rebounds.
Maryland missed eight of its first 11 shots from the floor and trailed 16-9 after the Cavaliers got successive 3-pointers from Harris. It was 20-11 before a layup by Allen and a dunk by Nick Faust sparked a 13-5 run that got the Terrapins to 25-24.
Minutes later, a follow-shot by Charles Mitchell and a driving layup by Faust tied it at 28.
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