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Virginia's 16-0 run stuns Terps

©Associated Press

February 7, 2003


COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Reserve Devin Smith scored 17 and keyed a 16-0 second-half run as Virginia erased a 12-point deficit and stunned No. 8 Maryland 86-78 Thursday night.

Down 65-53 with 12:50 remaining, the Cavaliers appeared headed to their 10th straight defeat at Maryland. But Smith sparked the comeback, twice hitting consecutive 3-pointers to give Virginia to its first Atlantic Coast Conference road win.

Travis Watson had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers.

Ryan Randle scored 17 for the Terrapins, whose five-game winning streak ended. Maryland had won 14 straight ACC home games and was unbeaten at home against Virginia since 1993.

"We beat an excellent team in a very tough place to play," Virginia coach Pete Gillen said. "It was a special victory."

Drew Nicholas and Steve Blake became the 38th and 39th players in Maryland history to surpass 1,000 career points. Nicholas scored 20 for a 1,007 total and Blake had 12 for 1,001.

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 consecutive 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.

After going 16-for-29 from the field before halftime, Virginia missed its first five shots of the second half. After Smith ended the drought, Randle answered with a layup and Nicholas made a three-point play to make it 58-49.

Minutes later, Blake reached 1,000 points with a 3-pointer and Holden followed with a layup for a 65-53 lead.

But Smith rallied the Cavaliers.

NO. 14 WAKE FOREST 73, N.C. STATE 58: Josh Howard was silent for a half, then broke loose to lead the Demon Deacons, who are 12-0 at home.

Howard, coming off a career-best 32 points at North Carolina on Sunday, scored 20 of his 24 in the second half as Wake Forest secured its best start in the ACC (6-2) since going 7-1 in 1997.

The Wolfpack (5-3 ACC) dropped into a third-place tie with Duke at the halfway point. The Wolfpack led by four at halftime, but missed its next nine 3-pointers and finished 6-for-26 from beyond the arc.

Howard was 8-for-13 from the field, 7-of-7 from the free-throw line and added 12 rebounds.

The score was tied at 49 with 91/2 minutes left before Wake guard Taron Downey hit a bank shot and made two free throws to begin a 15-2 run. Howard closed the run with a baseline jumper, a follow shot and two free throws.

OREGON 79, NO. 25 STANFORD 64: Luke Ridnour scored all 23 of his points in the second half and extended his free-throw streak to a school-record 43 for the host Ducks. Ridnour sat for the final 18:03 of the first half after picking up his second foul in 32 seconds. In the second half, he shot 7-for-13 from the field and made all six free throws. The school mark for free throws was 41 straight.

SEC

ARKANSAS: Athletic director Frank Broyles criticized a referee's performance after the Razorbacks' game with Alabama, then apologized Thursday. Broyles twice yelled at official Tom Eades: "You're the worst I've ever seen" as Eades left the court. Eades twice was restrained as he tried to return to the court. No disciplinary action is expected.

C-USA

CINCINNATI: Reserve guard Tony Bobbitt rejoined the team after quitting earlier this week.

State

BELMONT 84, JACKSONVILLE 52: The host Bruins outscored the Dolphins 35-6 in the final 12:46 of the first half for a 48-17 lead.

SAMFORD 79, STETSON 75: The visiting Hatters stayed close by hitting 26-of-27 free throws, including all 17 in the second half, but Jon Mills had seven points in the final minutes for the Bulldogs.

ARKANSAS ST. 67, FIU 65: The visiting Indians held on, protecting a 67-64 lead by fouling Carlos Norban and getting the rebound when he intentionally missed the second free throw at the end.

Late Wednesday

SOUTHERN CAL 86, UCLA 85: Errick Craven converted two free throws with 4.4 seconds remaining to give the host Trojans a sweep of the Bruins for the first time since 1992 and extend UCLA's losing streak to nine.

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