Diane sparks Virginia over MarylandJan 17, 2007 - 6:20 AM CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (Ticker) -- Virginia finally reversed its fortunes at home against Maryland.
Mamadi Diane scored a career-high 26 points and Sean Singletary added 25 as the Cavaliers halted a three-game losing streak with a 103-91 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over the 22nd-ranked Terrapins.
With the exception of about a five-minute flurry bridging halftime, Virginia (10-6, 2-2) was in control throughout against Maryland, which had won its last three games here.
"We're very pleased and happy after losing three games in a row," Cavaliers coach Dave Leitao said. "We were helped a little bit by the home crowd - just to get energy back. We had a terrific practice yesterday and a very good shoot-around today. We had an air of confidence about what was going to happen today. I told them that before the game."
The Cavaliers were on the verge of a blowout, building a 50-30 lead with 2:47 to go in the first half before the Terrapins (15-4, 1-3) closed the half with a 13-0 run. Maryland scored 11 points in 50 seconds, including eight in 29 seconds by freshman guard Greivis Vasquez.
"I thought we could win the game," Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "I think the players did too at halftime.
The Terps got as close as 58-55 before the Cavaliers countered with a 12-0 burst, sparked by 3-pointers from Jamil Tucker and Diane for a 70-55 cushion with 9:55 left. Maryland got the lead under double digits just once thereafter.
"We just wanted to be poised. We just had to be poised under pressure," Virginia guard J.R. Reynolds said. "They have the number one defense in the ACC. They bring a whole lot of pressure. They have great athletic players from one to five on the court so we just had to be poised with it."
Jason Cain had 13 points and 16 rebounds, including 11 on the defensive boards, as Virginia dominated the backboards, 46-33.
"I implored him to let it all hang out - let his talent show," Leitao said. "I think he did that today, with a lot more defense and rebounding."
The Cavaliers also converted 39-of-49 free throws, including a combined 29-of-33 from Reynolds, Diane and Singletary.
"We put them on the line too many times," Williams said. "You have a team shoot 49 free throws, save the last eight we probably gave them because we had to foul. That is still 43 free throws and that is a lot of free throws to give to a team.
"The whole thing was the way we started the game, just getting behind and that's what caused our problems."
Mike Jones scored 18 points and Ibekwe Ekene and Vasquez added 17 apiece for the Terrapins. Ekene also grabbed 14 rebounds while Vasquez nailed 5-of-9 3-pointers.
"As a freshman, I'm learning that it's hard to play by yourself," Vasquez said. "I'm so passionate that I just want to win every time. We had a chance to win the game tonight and I was hot, but that's not how you win. I have to listen to coach and follow whatever he says."
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