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Maryland vs Virginia

Harris scores 19 to lead No. 17 Virginia past Maryland

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Joe Harris hasn't had to score as much this season for No. 17 Virginia as he did a year ago. When the Cavaliers had their hands full with Maryland on Monday night, though, Harris showed he can still carry the day.

Harris scored 19 points, 16 after halftime, and Virginia stretched its winning streak to eight games by beating Maryland 61-53 in the Terrapins' last visit as an ACC rival.

"We were having trouble scoring the ball a little bit tonight and things weren't coming as smoothly as they have been in the past, so I think he tried to put it in his hands, and he did," guard Malcolm Brogdon said of Harris.

Brogdon added 14 points and Akil Mitchell had 13 for the Cavaliers (20-5, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who continued their best start in conference play since the 1981-82 team opened 12-1.

"There's a reason they're 11-1 in the league," Terps coach Mark Turgeon said. "When the game was on the line, their seniors stepped up, made some big plays for them. The defense stepped up."

Seth Allen scored 15 points and Dez Wells had 12 for Maryland (14-11, 6-6), which had won three of four.

The Terps and Cavaliers were tied at 35 when Harris scored on a drive.

After a block by Maryland, Justin Anderson soared at the other end to block a shot by Maryland's Roddy Peters near the rim and saved the ball. He started a fast break that moments later was capped by Harris' 3-pointer from the right corner, arousing a crowd that had grown quiet by the tight ballgame.

"Huge momentum swing," Harris said. "That was a big play and that was an unbelievable block."

A dunk by Darion Atkins and Brogdon's 17-footer pushed the lead to 44-35.

It was 52-41 with just under 5 minutes to play when the Terps staged a rally, getting seven points from Nick Faust and a basket from Wells in a 9-2 run that brought them within 54-50. But Harris hit the front end off a 1-and-1 with 1:03 to play, Maryland missed at the other end and Harris' two free throws sealed it.

"I expect him to be good. He's a great player," Turgeon said, noting that Virginia has been "pounding" opponents and Harris hasn't needed to be the offensive focal point like last season. "Tonight he had to do it. He had to step up, and he did."

Virginia had led by at least 19 points in nine of its previous 10 ACC wins, and Mitchell said the close game was beneficial.

"When it's tough games like that and you've really got to find ways to pull it out, that's when you find out what a true team is about," he said

The victory was Virginia's sixth straight in the series.

As the clock wound down in the final minute, Cavaliers fans stood chanting "ACC! ACC!" to mock the Terrapins' move to the Big 10 next season.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Harris gave Virginia a 33-29 lead in the opening minutes of the second half, but the Cavaliers then went nearly 4 minutes without a basket as the Terps pulled even at 35.

The Cavaliers trailed 17-13 before scoring eight straight points, the last four by Mitchell. Maryland promptly launched a 9-2 run, but Brogdon found Mitchell under the basket with an inbounds pass from halfcourt with 1.8 seconds to play in the half. Mitchell's dunk made it 26-25.

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Virginia's Justin Anderson goes to the rim aggressively during No. 17 Virginia's win over Maryland.  (USATSI)
Virginia's Justin Anderson goes to the rim aggressively during No. 17 Virginia's win over Maryland. (USATSI)
Scoreboard
Maryland (14-11)262753
Virginia #17 (20-5) «253661
MD:S. Allen 15 Pts
MD:E. Smotrycz 5 Reb
MD:D. Wells 4 Ast
UVA:J. Harris 19 Pts
UVA:A. Mitchell 6 Reb
UVA:J. Harris 4 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
MarylandVirginia
MD
Seth Allen
UVA
Joe Harris
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
15221924
Maryland Terrapins
S. Allen, G357-140-022315
D. Wells, G-F324-113-544412
E. Smotrycz, F313-140-05238
J. Layman, G-F242-50-03015
C. Mitchell, F231-10-05042
N. Faust, G273-52-24129
J. Graham, F121-10-13002
S. Cleare, C110-10-01020
R. Peters, G50-00-00000
J. Auslander, FDid Not Play
S. Barks, FDid Not Play
J. Susskind, GDid Not Play
C. Lipinski, GDid Not Play
V. Ram, GDid Not Play
D. Dodd, FDid Not Play
A. Metz, FDid Not Play
Totals 21-525-82791953
 40.4%62.5% 
Virginia Cavaliers
A. Mitchell, F346-81-463113
M. Brogdon, G346-132-231214
J. Harris, G336-123-424419
L. Perrantes, G322-40-04414
M. Tobey, F-C182-30-12004
J. Anderson, G181-72-23204
D. Atkins, F161-20-14112
A. Gill, F100-21-20021
T. Jones, G50-00-00100
T. Rogers, GDid Not Play
R. Vozenilek, GDid Not Play
C. Kirven, FDid Not Play
E. Nolte, FDid Not Play
M. Frazier, GDid Not Play
D. Hall, GDid Not Play
J. Jones, FDid Not Play
Totals 24-519-1624161161
 47.1%56.3% 
Big Ten
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Maryland0-05-0148
Northwestern0-05-070
Wisconsin0-05-018
Illinois0-04-077
Ohio St.0-04-013
Penn St.0-05-1152
Purdue0-05-1215
Indiana0-04-1225
Michigan0-04-126
Michigan St.0-03-138
Nebraska0-03-172
Iowa0-04-254
Minnesota0-03-2261
Rutgers0-02-2305

ACC
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Duke0-06-023
Miami (Fla.)0-06-015
Louisville0-05-057
N.C. State0-05-055
Virginia0-05-042
Georgia Tech0-03-024
N. Carolina0-03-035
Notre Dame0-05-1114
Syracuse0-04-1144
Pittsburgh0-04-2119
Wake Forest0-04-298
Clemson0-03-2346
Va. Tech0-03-2288
Boston College0-02-353
Florida St.0-02-3140
 
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ISU 77 Final
WVU 102
KAN 82 Final
KSU 85