ACC, we hardly knew ye.
The Maryland Terrapins, playing on senior night in their final home game as a member of the ACC, in front of a sold out crowd, finally got the bounces they needed. The Terps took down #5 Virginia 75-69 in overtime to split the series and snap Virginia’s win streak.
“Maryland’s talented, you know, they’ve been close all year,” Virginia head coach Tony Bennett said after the game. Indeed, the Terps put it all together for their last regular season game.
Dez Wells scored 18 points, 16 of which came in the second half and overtime, o help lift Maryland over one of the toughest teams in the country. Wells took over in the second half and very nearly gave Maryland the W during regulation. He went 8-of-8 from the line and continually sliced the Virginia defense up.
It wasn’t easy for Maryland, who very nearly had the game won in regulation. Anthony Gill tipped a ball in at the last second with Virginia down two to send he game into overtime. This came after the Terps squandered a 9 point lead they earned with a strong start to the second half. For the majority of the second half, Virginia was shooting under 30% from the field.
But Seth Allen and Wells were too much for the Cavaliers in the end. Allen, who had 20 points and two assists, scored the games first points in overtime and continually got to the basket and around London Perrantes. Layman then hit four free throws in overtime to seal the victory off for Maryland.
The win was a nice caveat to a season that’s been up and down all year. The Terps are now .500 in conference play at 9-9, and finally have their signature victory to their name. The win might allow them to play in the NIT, should they not win the ACC tournament and advance to the NCAA tournament. It may be too little too late, but given how many close games Maryland dropped this year, it’s nice to get one court storming in.
Well done, Maryland. See you when I see you, ACC.