Archive for Friday, February 7, 2003

Virginia stuns No. 8 Terrapins

Unranked Cavs claim first ACC road win; No. 2 Arizona slips past Huskies in OT

February 7, 2003


— 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 three-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 (13-7, 4-4).

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 home.

"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 cover anyone."

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 points.

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 three-pointers before Jermaine Harper put the Cavaliers up for good with a three. Elton Brown then made a layup, and Harper capped the burst with a three-pointer to make it 75-69 with 3:56 to go.

No. 2 Arizona 88, Washington 85, OT

Seattle -- Salim Stoudamire scored 25 points, including a big three-pointer late in overtime, and Channing Frye had 24 points and 12 rebounds as Arizona survived a scare to beat Washington.

The Wildcats (17-2, 9-1 Pac-10) beat Washington (8-11, 3-7) for the 12th time in the last 13 meetings, but they had to sweat this one out in front of a capacity crowd of 10,000 raucous fans.

Frye got free for a layup with 20 seconds to go, giving Arizona a seemingly safe 86-84 cushion. But the dramatic outcome wasn't settled until an insurance free throw in the closing seconds by Rick Anderson.

Luke Walton scored 13 points, becoming the 32nd Arizona player to score 1,000 points in his career.

No. 14 Wake Forest 73, N.C. State 58

Winston-Salem, N.C. -- Josh Howard was silent for a half, then broke loose to lead Wake Forest over North Carolina State. Howard, coming off a career-best 32 points Sunday at North Carolina, scored 20 of his 24 in the second half as the Demon Deacons (16-2 overall, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) secured their best start in the ACC since going 7-1 in 1997.

Oregon 79, No. 25 Stanford 64

Eugene, Ore. -- Luke Ridnour scored all 23 of his points in the second half and extended his free-throw streak to a school-record 43 in a row to lead Oregon over Stanford.

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