Maryland stuns no. 5 UVa with 75-69 win in OT

Maryland forward Charles Mitchell dunks over Virginia forward Evan Nolteon Sunday. Maryland won 75-69. Photo courtesy of the Associated Press.
Maryland forward Charles Mitchell dunks over Virginia forward Evan Nolteon Sunday. Maryland won 75-69. Photo courtesy of the Associated Press.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WAVY) — Sophomore guard Seth Allen put on a 20-point show, which included his team’s first five points in overtime, and the University of Maryland officially capped off  its last regular season in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 75-69 overtime win over boarder rival Virginia.

The home crowd at the Comcast Center stormed the floor, as the home Terrapins (17-14, 9-9) not only snapped a 6-game losing streak against their bitter rivals, but also ended the Cavaliers’ 13-game win streak.

With less than :03 seconds left, Maryland held a 64-62 needed one more stop for a win in regulation. Freshman guard London Perrantes lobbed an inbound pass right to forward Anthony Gill, who took the ball in mid-flight, and lobbed in the game-tying bucket, sending the game to overtime.

After Allen’s five points game the Terps a 69-64 lead, UVa sophomore Evan Nolte went baseline, banked in a layup with contact, and drained the ensuing free throw to draw the Cavs back to within 69-67. That’s as close as the Cavs came.

Maryland’s win comes after close losses at no. 8 Duke, at home against then fourth-ranked Syracuse, and on the road at no. 20 Pittsburgh.

For the Cavaliers, their shot at history fell six points short. A win at Maryland, and the Cavaliers (25-6, 16-2) would have set the record for most ACC wins in a regular season. Four Cavaliers scored in double-figures, lead by Gill’s 15 points off the bench, but star forward Joe Harris’s struggles from the floor continued.

The senior connected on just 3 of 10 field goals, a mere 1 of 5 from three-point range, and 5 of his 12 points came from the free throw line.

Both teams now head into the ACC tournament, which begins on Wednesday in Greensboro, NC.

 

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