March 4, 2012
Mike Scott had a career-high 35 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Sammy Zeglinski tied his season-high with 20 points, and No. 24 Virginia overcame a late collapse in regulation to pull out a 75-72 overtime victory over Maryland on Sunday.
"It's a big win for us," junior guard Jontel Evans said. "After dropping two in a row, two heartbreakers, we definitely wanted to come in here, get the win and finish out strong."
Scott accounted for half of Virginia's 14 points in overtime. The senior had never scored more than 28 points in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.
"Even though we beat (Maryland) pretty bad in Charlottesville, I told our teammates they were going to come out swinging, especially on their Senior Night, so it's very big for us," Scott said.
The Cavaliers blew a 12-point lead over the final 8 minutes of regulation but survived the extra session to break a two-game skid. The victory gave UVa (22-8) its most regular-season wins since the Ralph Sampson-led team produced 25 in 1982-83.
With the win the Cavaliers completed their first sweep of the Terrapins since 2007.
"It's huge, we knew what we were coming for, we really wanted that first-round bye and we're just happy we got out of here with a win," Zeglinski added.
Virginia will now get an extra day of rest as the fourth seed in the ACC Tournament. They will begin play Friday.