May 30, 2017

Virginia football: Hoos stumble out of opening gate at No. 13 UCLA

At the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. on Saturday afternoon, two programs met with an eye on the future. The hosting UCLA Bruins featured a true freshman at quarterback and looked to prove their status as a dark horse contender for the Pac 12 championship, if not a College Football Playoff spot. Visiting Virginia also had a new starter at quarterback, a junior whose poise and promise had Wahoo fans dreaming of a potential upset, or at least some competitive fire against a quality opponent.

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Scott leads Cavaliers to 71-44 win over Maryland

By Tyler Radecki, Staff Writer

TERRAPINS SCORE JUST 13 POINTS AFTER BEING TIED AT HALFTIME

It wasn’t a mystery as to who the Maryland Terrapins needed to stop to beat the 22nd-ranked Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday: senior forward Mike Scott, who came into the game averaging 16.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon tried everything he could to contain Scott but he overpowered the Terps, scoring 25 points as Virginia blew out Maryland, 71-44.

Scott set the tempo early on, scoring 10 of the team’s first 22 points. His play led to an early nine-point lead for the Cavaliers, but the Terps, led by sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin, battled back with a run of their own to take the lead late in the first half. Stoglin had 14 points in the first half, hitting four 3-pointers to continue his hot shooting from behind the arc.

The two teams went into the half tied at 31, and it looked as though the Terps would have a chance to win despite a first half that saw them make just one two-point basket made: a Nick Faust (13 points) layup. In the second half, though, Scott and the Cavaliers took over. A 16-0 run out of the break gave the Cavaliers a big lead, and they never looked back; Scott led the way again, scoring seven points during that run.

Scott got some help from freshman guard Malcolm Brogden, who scored 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting off the bench, and senior guard Sammy Zeglinski, who added 11 points of his own. Turgeon matched up multiple players on Scott – center Alex Len, forwards James Padgett and Berend Weijs and even guard Sean Mosley – but the 6’8” forward was a force all game long.

Virginia’s defense kept Maryland from clawing back in the game, as they held the Terps to 26.9% shooting from the field. After his hot first half, Stoglin was held scoreless in the second half as the Terps were outscored 40-13. The Terps went over eight minutes without scoring a point in the second half, and shot just 5-for-24 (20.8%) after halftime. Virginia pulled away, and midway through the half, both coaches pulled their starters and inserted walk-ons and bench players.

Maryland fell to 15-11 overall and 5-7 in ACC play as the team continues to search for a signature ACC win to enhance their tournament resume. Despite losing three of four, the Cavaliers still stand at 20-6 and 7-5 in the ACC. The two teams will meet again and end the regular season schedule on March 4 at Comcast Center.

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