ACC Roundup: No. 14 Virginia edges Virginia Tech 57-53

Feb. 19, 2014 @ 12:28 AM

Justin Anderson and Joe Harris made consecutive 3-pointers to cap No. 14 Virginia's rally from an 11-point, second-half deficit in a 57-53 victory over Virginia Tech on Tuesday night.

The Cavaliers (22-5, 13-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed most of the game but outscored the Hokies 23-6 after falling behind 40-29 with just more than 14 minutes remaining. It was Virginia's 10th victory in a row and it matched the school's best start in ACC play since the 1980-81 team was also 13-1.

Malcolm Brogdon led Virginia with 12 points and London Perrantes had 11.

The Hokies (9-16, 2-11), who ended a 10-game losing streak in their previous outing on Saturday against Miami, got 13 points each from Joey Van Zegeren and Devin Wilson. They lost their fifth in a row in the series, but not before putting a huge scare into their state rivals, who have been on a roll.

Trailing 46-42 and scoreless for 4½ minutes, the Cavaliers finally broke through on Anderson's 3-pointer with 3:26 to play. Perrantes then knocked the ball away from Van Zegeren inside, and the resulting possession ended with Harris' 3-pointer with 2:39 left, just his second field goal of the game.

Virginia led 48-46, and after the Cavaliers defense forced Ben Emelogu into a long 3-point attempt to beat the shot clock, Anderson connected again from the same spot on the left wing, and Virginia held on.

The Hokies led 28-21 at halftime and extended their lead to 30-21 on Van Zegeren's dunk to start the second half. Virginia then scored six in a row, pulling to 30-27 on Anthony Gill's stick-back.

Almost before the Hokies' fans could panic, though, Emelogu hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key, and as the crowd cheered, the Hokies kept it going, putting together a 10-2 run to lead 40-29.

Five points by Perrantes and 3-pointers by Harris and Brogdon highlighted a 13-3 burst that pulled the Cavaliers to 43-42. Van Zegeren's dunk and a free throw by Emelogu gave the Hokies a 46-42 edge, setting up the exciting finish.

Virginia Tech trailed 14-13 until Emelogu's free throw sparked a 9-0 run. Wilson had five of the points, including just his 10th 3-pointer of the season, and the Hokies opened a 22-14 lead.

They went 6:29 without a point but never lost the lead because the Cavaliers were in the midst of going 6:53 between field goals. Gill ended that with a three-point play 4:59 before halftime, and Virginia's only basket the rest of the way was a 3-pointer by Brogdon at the halftime buzzer.

Maryland extends Wake Forest skid with 71-60 win
DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Still feeling the sting of a bitter defeat three days earlier, Maryland was not at its best against a Wake Forest squad still looking for its first win in February.

That is precisely why Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon was so delighted about his team's 71-60 victory on Tuesday night.

Coming off a two-point setback at Duke on Saturday, Maryland fell behind early but bounced back to hand the Demon Deacons their sixth straight loss.

"It shows you we're getting somewhere because we didn't play particularly well throughout the game but we were still in control in the second half," Turgeon said. "We're coming."

Nick Faust scored a career-high 20 points for the Terrapins (15-12, 7-7 Atlantic Coast Conference). Maryland began the game by missing 13 of its first 16 shots while falling behind 15-7.

"We didn't have it early. It was pretty obvious," Turgeon said.

Faust, a junior guard, went 7 for 11 from the floor and sank four 3-pointers. His previous career best was 19 points.

"We really didn't want to say it, but (the Duke loss) was still there for us," Faust said. "Coach spotted it early and just told us to come out with energy. But we really didn't have it, so I just tried to do what I can off the bench and I really helped the team."

Turgeon said, "Nick was terrific."

Charles Mitchell contributed 12 points and Jake Layman added 11. Maryland has eight straight wins over Wake Forest, the longest run in a series that began in 1953 and will end after this season.

Travis McKie scored 16 for the Demon Deacons (14-12, 4-9) and Devin Thomas had 11 points and 15 rebounds. Wake Forest went 3 for 15 from 3-point range and 9 for 20 at the free throw line.

"I told our team that they're trying to do the right thing, but we all just have to get a little bit better," Wake Forest coach Jeff Bzdelik said. "This includes everyone on the team. I have to get a little better, and they do as well. If that happens, we will get a whole lot better."

Wake Forest is winless since defeating Notre Dame on Jan. 25.

After successive baskets by Codi Miller-McIntyre got the Demon Deacons to 36-35, Maryland used a 16-3 run to pull away. Seth Allen started the surge with a 3-pointer, Evan Smotrycz added a layup and Faust connected from beyond the arc to make it 44-35.