January 20, 2009
The Virginia men's basketball team saw its losing streak grow to three on Tuesday night, falling to Maryland, 84-78, in College Park. With the loss, the Cavaliers fall to 7-8, 1-3 in the ACC.
The two teams were close early on in the first half. Jamil Tucker's three pointer midway through the half cut Maryland's lead to 20-18, but the Terrapins would take control from there. The Terps put together a 12-2 run to end the first half, and the Cavaliers went into the locker room trailing, 45-30.
The second half saw Virginia crawl back. At one point, the Wahoos pulled to within two, but Maryland took control down the stretch, hitting several free throws late in the game to secure the victory.
Jamil Tucker scored a career high 21 points as a bright spot for the Cavaliers, which also served as a game high. Mike Scott and Calvin Baker scored 16 points each, with Scott chipping in ten rebounds. Sylven Landesberg was held to under ten points for the second straight game, scoring seven, but pulled down a team high eleven rebounds.
Adrian Bowie and Landon Milbourne each scored 17 points to lead Maryland, which improves to 13-5, and evens up its ACC record at 2-2. Meanwhile, Virginia sees its losing streak grow to seven games.
These two teams will meet again to close out the regular season at John Paul Jones Arena on March 7. In the meantime, the Cavaliers look to snap their losing streak on Saturday, as they welcome Florida State for a 4:00pm tip-off.
Click on the above video link to view highlights, as well as Matt Parsons' report from College Park.