- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 1, 2001


CHARLOTTESVILLE The hangover is not over.
Maryland came into last night's game at Virginia confident it would suffer no ill effects from its meltdown at the end of regulation in Saturday night's overtime loss to No. 2 Duke. But if the No. 9 Terps thought their heads were spinning then, they were twirling at warp speed last night.
The No. 11 Cavaliers left Maryland staggering by administering a 99-78 trouncing at University Hall. Virginia continually beat the Terps down the floor, finishing with emphatic dunks much of the time. When the Cavaliers weren't slicing Maryland on the run, they were bombing away from the 3-point line.
"It was a nightmare," said Lonny Baxter, who had a team-high 15 points, but only three after halftime. "We just couldn't move. We couldn't get to the ball. I don't think the last game was the reason. We just weren't executing, and Virginia was."
Said Maryland coach Gary Williams, who refused to use any lingering effects from the Duke game as an excuse: "We didn't have a lot of energy tonight. Virginia had a lot of energy. That's a dangerous combination. We came in here and didn't play as tough against Virginia. Virginia is a good basketball team, and we paid the price."
Donald Hand led Virginia with 20 points and seven assists, and Travis Watson had 23 rebounds. The Cavaliers shot 53 percent for the game.
Terence Morris had 14 points and 15 rebounds for Maryland, which had 17 turnovers. Lonny Baxter led the Terps in scoring with 15 points.
The hosts used a 24-4 second-half run to knock out the Terps, who lost two straight for the first time since November. Virginia went up 81-57 on a pull-up jumper by Chris Williams late in the half as its fans chanted, "Overrated."
Maryland (14-6, 5-3 ACC) nearly erased an 18-point first-half deficit only to be left with long faces after another blitz by the Cavaliers in the second half.
The Terps battled back to 52-51 on a layup by Morris with 13:40 remaining before Virginia (15-4, 4-4) began its eruption.
A defensive breakdown led to Adam Hall's layup to start the surge. A 23-foot fallaway 3-pointer by Keith Friel widened the Cavaliers' lead to six.
After Maryland cut it to four on a jump hook by Mike Mardesich, Virginia scored seven straight to fuel the blowout. A high-flying follow and layup by Hall started the pull-away. A 3-pointer by Friel on a break made it a nine-point advantage. Hall then stole a crosscourt pass by Steve Blake and went in for a windmill jam to make it 64-53.
The Cavaliers kept coming. Roger Mason sank a layup off a break before he dropped a pull-up 3-pointer on Virginia's next possession just before the shot clock expired to make it 77-55. The Cavaliers cruised from there.
Terps' shooting guard Juan Dixon had a dismal outing, making just four of 15 shots. The junior also saw his school record for consecutive free throws streak end at 40. Maryland, which trailed at halftime for the first time this season, committed 17 turnovers and forced only 11, matching its low for the season.
"It's a tough time right now," said Dixon, after his worst game since scoring two points on a Nov. 22 loss to Dayton in the Maui Invitational. "You have to stay strong and keep fighting. It's a long season. We have to fight back."
The first half was a continuation of the end of the Duke debacle as Virginia started a 24-2 run with 15 straight points to build a 44-26 lead with 3:05 remaining.
Williams called three timeouts during the stretch to try to stop the run but had little success as the Cavaliers beat the Terps downcourt and hit their 3-pointers.
Two free throws by Friel gave Virginia the lead at 25-24. Maryland failed to score on eight straight possessions before Dixon got his first points on a difficult turnaround jumper to make it 35-26.
The Terps didn't score the next four times they had the ball as the Cavaliers scored nine straight. A fast break alley-oop from Hand to Mason made it an 11-point bulge. Chris Williams drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing to make it 44-26, prompting Gary Williams to stop play again.
The Terps rallied somewhat before halftime. A putback by Baxter and a breakaway layup by Dixon cut the deficit to 45-32. A free throw by Morris with 6 seconds remaining made it a 12-point margin at halftime.
Maryland committed 10 turnovers in the first half. The Terps had built a 24-18 lead early by pounding the ball inside to Baxter and getting two 3-pointers from Tahj Holden. Williams had a team-high 10 points at the break for the Cavaliers, who made five of 12 3-pointers in the first half.

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