It wasn’t so much that Maryland lost to Virginia Sunday at Comcast Center, it was how.
In a season in which the Terrapins have struggled with offensive cohesion, they could always count on excelling in the effort categories. Rebounding and defense have been their constants. But in losing 80-69 before 16,895, they were out-done on the boards for the first time this year, 34-29, and yielded 54.2 percent shooting from the floor and 57.9 percent from beyond the arc, both season highs for a Maryland opponent.
Junior Joe Harris (22 points) and freshman Justin Anderson (17 points) did most of the damage in the first half for the Cavaliers. After intermission, sophomore Paul Jesperson (13 points) hit all four of his 3-point attempts as Virginia improved to 17-6, 7-3. Maryland fell to 17-7, 5-6 with its third straight loss to the Cavaliers in two seasons.