- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 4, 2012

Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon put it rather simply:

“What it really comes down to is Mike Scott. He was the best player on the floor. He made play, after play, after play.”

No. 24 Virginia’s senior forward scored a career high 35 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Cavaliers spoiled Maryland’s senior day by defeating the Terps 75-72 in overtime.

“I wish he would haven’t have broke his foot last year,” Turgeon said jokingly, because Scott would have graduated already had it not been for injury.

The 6-foot-8 forward made a living Sunday afternoon with nearly indefensible fadeaway jumpers along the baseline to help give Virginia (22-8, 9-7 ACC) the fourth seed in the ACC tournament. Maryland will take the eighth seed.

“It’s definitely a big win,” Scott said. “We beat Maryland pretty bad at home, and I told my teammates that they were going to come out swinging, and they did. We took some punches, but I think we finally punched them back at the end.”

Playing in his final home game, Maryland senior guard Sean Mosley scored 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

“You can tell it was his last home game,” Turgeon said. “He really left it out there.”

Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin led the Terrapins with 25 points and Freshman Nick Faust chipped in 13.

Maryland (16-14, 6-10) fought back from a 31-22 deficit at halftime. The Terps shot just 33.3 percent from the field and missed all six foul shots in the first 20 minutes.

Maryland was down four when Mosely pulled up and launched a 3-pointer with about 12½ minutes remaining in the second half.

As the ball swished through the hoop, the student section erupted, waving white towels and jumping up and down to the beat the electronic song “Take Over Control.”

It appeared that the Terps were about to do just that. The 3-pointer capped an 18-10 run to open the first half and pull Maryland to 41-40.

But over the next 4½ minutes, Maryland began to again lose control of the game. James Padgett fell to the ground on a spin move on one possession, and in another an errant pass flew wildly off a camera and then into the stands, as Virginia opened a 12-point lead.

“When I hit that three to put us down by one, Virginia wasn’t ever going to give up. We knew that and coach knew that,” Mosley said. “So we just wanted to continue to play hard and run into transition and get stops on the defensive end.”

Maryland clawed back into the contest over the final minutes and trailed by one with about a minute remaining in regulation time.

“We called a timeout and ran a play for [Mosley] since he was a senior,” Turgeon said. But the senior’s shot, like the comeback attempt, fell short.

Virginia responded with a basket to pull ahead by three. But Stoglin nailed a 3-pointer with 7 seconds on the clock to tie it at 61.

In overtime, Scott continued where he left off, scoring eight of Virginia’s 14 points in the extra time to put away the Terps.

“There is something about that loss that really hurt,” Mosley said. “But at the end of the day, we fought hard and that’s the only thing I can ask for.”

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