Terrapins shell-shock No. 5 Cavaliers
Maryland students stormed Gary Williams Court at the Comcast Center as the Terrapins left the ACC in dramatic fashion, winning their final conference regular season game in overtime against No. 5 Virginia, 75-69. The loss snapped the Cavaliers’ 13-game winning streak dating back to Jan. 13 and their six-game streak against Maryland.
Down 62-61 with six seconds remaining, senior guard Joe Harris was called for an offensive foul against junior guard Dez Wells while the Cavaliers (25-6, 16-2 ACC) attempted to inbound the ball under their own basket. After sophomore forward Jake Layman made a pair of free throws to push the score to 64-61, the Terrapins (17-14, 9-9 ACC) fouled sophomore guard Malcolm Brogdon.
Brogdon made the first free throw, intentionally missing the second. The Cavaliers got the deadball rebound off of Brogdon’s miss, and freshman point guard London Perrantes lobbed the inbound pass to sophomore forward Anthony Gill in the lane. Gill laid the ball in with less than a second left to tie the game and force overtime — Virginia’s first overtime game of the year.
The Terrapins jumped out to a 69-64 lead in the first 2:40 of overtime behind five points from sophomore guard Seth Allen. Sophomore forward Evan Nolte converted a 3-point play after being fouled on a layup, but Wells responded with a jumper and Layman hit four free throws down the stretch to seal the victory. Allen and Wells led the Terrapins with 20 and 18 points, respectively, and Maryland dominated Virginia in the paint, 32-20.
Gill led the Cavaliers with 15 points, while Brogdon tied his career high with seven assists. Perrantes scored 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting from long-range, with his first 3-pointer tying Harold Deane’s school record eight consecutive made 3-pointers. Virginia led by as many as nine points with 13:51 to play in the first half.
Virginia will take the court next at the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, NC. The tournament begins Wednesday at 1:00 p.m., but the Cavaliers — the No. 1 seed — have a bye until the quarterfinals. They will play the winner of the Maryland-Florida State game Friday at 12:00 p.m.
—compiled by Zack Bartee