Tony Bennett's Virginia Cavaliers notched their twentieth win of the season on Saturday with an impressive 71-44 home win over Maryland. The Cavs, which had cracked the top twenty this season in the polls, had lost two in a row coming into their matchup with the Terps. After a 31-31 tie at halftime, UVA blitzed the Terps in the second half, holding them to just 13 points and blowing out Mark Turgeon's club.
Mike Scott, who's been a monster on the inside all season and a potential ACC Player of the Year, once again dominated the paint with 25 points against Maryland's overwhelmed front line. Scott also grabbed seven boards in the winning effort. But it was a slew of role players that helped build a double digit lead for the Cavs in the second half. Sammy Zeglinski and Malcolm Brogdon scored 11 and 14 points, respectively. They were hitting from long-range and combined with Scott for constant inside-outside pressure.
Maryland was simply out of gas, trying to come back on one day's rest after Thursday night's win over Boston College. The ACC's leading scorer Terrell Stoglin, was 0 for 7 in the second half and went scoreless after scoring 13 points in the first. As a team, the Terps shot a miserable 27 percent from the the floor - at one point, scoring only two points in nearly an 11 minute stretch.
Virginia now plays state rival Virginia Tech on Tuesday night while the Terps host Miami looking to get their offense back on track.