Thursday, January 31, 2008

WEDNESDAY HOOP

MARYLAND 85, VIRGINIA 75

Maryland has one of the most athletic teams in the ACC. Virginia does not.

That’s bad mojo for the Hoos especially when you mix in the dreaded ingredient of Route 29 North.

As usual, Sean Singletary did everything he could, but it simply wasn’t enough as Greivis Vasquez scored 25 points, James Gist added 17, and the Terps extended the Cav's road woes with an 85-75 victory Wednesday night.

After facing ACC powers North Carolina and Duke in succession, the Terrapins (13-8, 3-3) had no problem against the last-place Cavaliers (11-8, 1-5). Maryland grabbed an 11-point lead in the opening three minutes, expanded the margin to 17 early in the second half and coasted to its seventh win in nine games.

Eric Hayes contributed 15 points and nine assists, and Landon Milbourne scored 13 to help Maryland coach Gary Williams earn his 598th career victory.

Sean Singletary scored 23 for Virginia, including 17 in the second half, to extend his ACC-best streak of reaching double figures to 41 straight games. But the Cavaliers lost their sixth straight ACC road game since defeating Maryland on Jan. 16, 2007.

RIGHT: Virginia's Sean Singletary (44) tries to get past Maryland's Landon Milbourne (1) during the first half.

AOVE: Maryland's Eric Hayes (5) shoots over Virginia's Adrian Joseph, left, during the first half -- Hayes scored 15 points as Maryland won 85-75.

(AP Photos/Nick Wass)

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