COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Virginia won its first Atlantic Coast
Conference road game of the season in improbable fashion -- and at
an unlikely location.
Reserve Devin Smith scored 17 points and keyed a 16-0
second-half run as the Cavaliers erased a 12-point deficit and
stunned No. 8 Maryland 86-78 Thursday night.
Down 65-53 with 12:50 remaining, Virginia appeared headed to its
10th straight defeat at Maryland. But Smith sparked the shocking
comeback, twice hitting successive 3-pointers to spark the
Cavaliers to their second road win of the year -- the first in the
ACC after four defeats.
"We beat an excellent team in a very tough place to play,"
Virginia coach Pete Gillen said. "It was a special victory."
Virginia was winless at Maryland since 1993, losing the last
five games by an average of 18 points.
Travis Watson had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers
Ryan Randle scored 17 for the Terrapins (14-5, 6-2), whose
five-game winning streak ended in surprise fashion. The defending
NCAA champions had won 14 straight ACC home games and were 11-1 at
"It looked like tonight we thought we could win without our
A-game," Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "I thought Virginia
worked harder than we did. We let them come back because we didn't
The Cavaliers trailed by 12 before Smith hit two straight from
beyond the arc. Maryland then went up by 10 before Virginia began
its decisive run.
Watson scored inside and Smith hit two straight 3-pointers
before Jermaine Harper put the Cavaliers up for good with a 3.
Elton Brown then made a layup, and Harper capped the burst with a
3-pointer to make it 75-69 with 3:56 to go.
"We've been playing good defense all year, but not tonight,"
The Cavaliers shot 49 percent, including 12-for-22 from 3-point
range, against a team that was leading the nation in field goal
"It was just our night, hitting 3s like that," Gillen said.
"I think poise is a good word. We played with courage and we
played to win."
Down 49-47 at halftime, the Terrapins used the inside play of
Randle to regain the lead. The senior center scored on a follow,
then made a layup before Tahj Holden scored on a tip-in. Randle
capped the 8-0 spurt with a jumper in the lane to put Maryland up
After going 16-for-29 from the field before halftime, Virginia
missed its first five shots of the second half. Smith ended the
drought, but Randle answered with a layup and Nicholas made a
three-point play to make it 58-49.
Minutes later, Blake reached the 1,000-point plateau with a
3-pointer and Holden followed with a driving layup for a 65-53
Smith then brought the Cavaliers back.
"This boosts our confidence a lot," Smith said. "We came in
here expecting to win, even though nobody expected us to. It was a
very big win."
Virginia played well early, getting four points apiece from
Watson and Jason Clark in a 14-5 run that made it 17-11. Minutes
later, the Cavaliers reeled off 10 straight points to go up 28-16.
Williams called a timeout in the midst of the run, seeking to
settle a defense that permitted Virginia to make 10 of its first 14
But the trend continued when Smith hit a 3-pointer to make it
Maryland then went on a 17-2 run to temporarily regain the lead.
Nicholas capped the surge with a 3-pointer, giving him exactly
1,000 points for his career.