Cavaliers Conclude Regular Season with 74-60 Win at Maryland
COLLEGE PARK, Md.-Junior guard Sammy Zeglinski scored a career-high 25 points to lead Virginia to a 74-60 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over Maryland at the Comcast Center on Saturday afternoon (March 5) in the final regular season game for both teams.
Zeglinski was 7-11 from the field in the game, including 6-7 from three-point range, and his six three-pointers tied his career high.
Senior guard Mustapha Farrakhan had 19 points for the Cavaliers and junior center Assane Sene tied a career high with 15 points as Virginia won for the fourth time in the last five games. UVa concludes the regular season with an overall record of 16-14 and a 7-9 record in the ACC.
Senior forward Will Sherrill tied a career high with nine rebounds to lead Virginia in that department.
The victory was the 100th career coaching victory for Virginia head coach Tony Bennett. Bennett’s two Virginia teams have compiled an overall record of 31-30 and he was 69-33 in three seasons as the head coach at Washington State.
Sophomore forward Jordan Williams led Maryland with 17 points and six rebounds, and senior forward Dino Gregory had 15 points.
With the loss Maryland ends the regular season with an overall record of 18-13 and a 7-9 record in the ACC.
Virginia took the lead for good in a tightly contested first half on a layup by Sene with 5:33 remaining in the half that started a 7-0 run by the Cavaliers. Farrakhan added a layup and Zeglinski a three-pointer to give UVa a 29-23 lead with 4:23 left to play in the half. The Cavaliers led 37-33 at halftime.
Zeglinski scored 14 points in the first half.
A 7-0 run early in the second half expanded the Cavaliers’ lead to 51-40 with 14:34 remaining in the game and Virginia led by 13 (63-50) with 7:13 left to play. Maryland then went on a 10-2 run led by four points each by Williams and senior guard/forward Cliff Tucker to cut the UVa lead to 65-60 with 2:38 to play.
The Terrapins got no closer as Virginia scored the game’s last nine points. Farrakhan had an old fashioned three-point play to start UVa’s game-ending run and the Cavaliers made six more free throws in the final 2:09.
Virginia shot 44.1 percent (26-59) from the field in the game, including 47.1 percent (8-17) from three-point range, and 77.8 percent (14-18) from the free throw line. It’s the sixth time in the last eight games the Cavaliers have shot better from three-point range than from two-point range and the 12th time this season. UVa out-rebounded Maryland 32-29 and had a season low six turnovers.
Maryland shot 44.7 percent (21-47) from the field, including 22.2 percent (2-9) from three-point range, and 76.2 percent (16-21) from the free throw line.
The ACC Tournament is scheduled for March 10-13 in Greensboro, N.C.