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UVa wins its third straight game at the Comcast Center, and its first after giving up more than 60 points.
Virginia guard Justin Anderson (23) shoots over (from left) Maryland's Nick Faust, James Padgett and Jake Layman in the first half Sunday in College Park, Md.
Virginia guard Joe Harris (top right) blocks a shot attempt by Maryland guard Logan Aronhalt.
Virginia guard Paul Jesperson (top left) and Maryland guard Logan Aronhalt tangle over a loose ball in College Park, Md., Sunday. Virginia won 80-69.
Monday, February 11, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — As the teams were completing their warm-ups prior to the second half Sunday, Virginia sophomore Paul Jesperson joked with teammate Malcolm Brogdon as he sized up a 3-pointer.
“If I make this one, I’ll go 5 for 5 in the second half,” Jesperson told Brogdon.
Then, he missed.
“Doesn’t matter,” Jesperson said. “I’ll just have to go 4 for 4.”
That’s just what he did, scoring all 12 of his points in the second half as Virginia upset Maryland 80-69 at Comcast Center.
It was the first time all season that a team had scored more than 60 points against Virginia and lost, but the Cavaliers had the needed guns for a shootout Sunday, shooting 57.9 percent (11 of 19) on 3-pointers.
“It was target practice out there today,” said point guard Jontel Evans, who did not attempt a 3-pointer but was credited with eight assists for the second straight game. “Nobody could miss.”
Virginia (17-6, 7-3 ACC) came into the game with a 2-5 record in games played on the road or at neutral sites, but Sunday’s victory was its third win in a row at Comcast Center, nearly filled to capacity with a crowd of 16,895.
The Maryland fans were not in a welcoming mood, especially towards Justin Anderson, a UVa freshman who committed to Maryland in the spring of 2011, only to change his mind after former Terrapins coach Gary Williams retired.
They chanted “traitor” and “we don’t need you” when Anderson went to the free-throw line with just two minutes, 35 seconds elapsed.
“Knowing his personality, he’s the type of guy who feeds off stuff.” Evans said.
Anderson made both free throws and had 14 points by halftime, including all three free throws after he was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 2:08 left before intermission.
He finished with a season-high 17, scoring his only points of the second half on a three-point play. By the time he stepped to the free-throw line for the “and one” with 31.2 seconds left, the crowd had grown silent.
Anderson went to high school just a few miles down the road at Montrose Christian.
“He played an amazing game,” said Maryland sophomore Nick Faust, who is familiar with Anderson from the AAU circuit. “I’ve never seen him make so many shots ever in my life.”
Almost overlooked was UVa junior Joe Harris, who was 7 of 8 from the field and finished with a game-high 22 points, marking the 15th time this year that he has led the Cavaliers in scoring.
After Virginia had increased a 35-29 halftime lead to 51-38 with 13 minutes left, the Terrapins (17-7, 5-6) twice cut the deficit to eight, the last time at 63-55.
Jesperson responded with a 3-pointer and the Cavaliers made enough of their free throws to avoid the Sunday swoon that had resulted in a 66-60 loss at Georgia Tech one week earlier.
“We just couldn’t allow what happened at Georgia Tech to happen again,” said UVa junior Akil Mitchell, who had 13 points in somewhat limited action.
After picking up his second foul, Mitchell went to the bench for the final 9:57 of the first half. Darion Atkins, a former starter who has been dealing with a stress reaction in one of his shins, came on for seven minutes and contributed three rebounds in his second appearance since Jan. 12.
Mike Tobey, a 6-foot-11 freshman who was playing more than 13 minutes per game, missed his second game after being diagnosed with mononucleosis.
“We never stopped competing,” said second-year Maryland coach Mark Turgeon, who dropped to 0-3 against the Cavaliers. “We tried hard; we just couldn’t guard them.
“They have a lost a couple of players and gone small and they have become very hard guard. I thought Virginia was great from start to finish.”
Seven-foot Maryland sophomore Alex Len blocked five shots to go with nine points and seven rebounds, but the Cavaliers had a 34-29 rebounding edge over the Terrapins (17-7, 5-6). Anderson had a game-high nine rebounds, eight at the defensive end.
“We needed that,” said UVa coach Tony Bennett, whose Cavaliers entertain Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. Tuesday .
Anybody waiting for Anderson to pop off after the game was disappointed. He said he wasn’t fired up by the booing.
“I was only fired up to play with the team,” he said.
VIRGINIA (17-6, 7-3)
Anderson 5-14 6-6 17, Mitchell 4-6 5-8 13, Evans 2-3 1-2 5, Jesperson 4-6 0-1 12, Harris 7-8 5-6 22, Barnette 1-2 0-0 3, Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Nolte 3-7 0-0 8, Atkins 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-48 17-23 80.
MARYLAND (17-7, 5-6)
Wells 5-9 1-4 13, Padgett 1-2 0-1 2, Len 3-6 3-4 9, Faust 4-9 0-0 8, Layman 1-7 2-2 4, Mitchell 1-3 0-0 2, Aronhalt 3-7 1-2 9, Allen 4-8 3-4 11, Howard 2-4 0-0 5, Cleare 3-3 0-1 6. Totals 27-58 10-18 69.
Halftime—Virginia 35-29. 3-Point Goals—Virginia 11-19 (Jesperson 4-4, Harris 3-4, Nolte 2-5, Barnette 1-2, Anderson 1-3, Jones 0-1), Maryland 5-17 (Aronhalt 2-4, Wells 2-5, Howard 1-1, Faust 0-1, Allen 0-2, Layman 0-4). Fouled Out—Len. Rebounds—Virginia 34 (Anderson 9), Maryland 29 (Len 7). Assists—Virginia 15 (Evans 8), Maryland 14 (Allen 5). Total Fouls—Virginia 16, Maryland 17. A—16,895.
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