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VT upsets No. 8 Maryland

Jan 27, 2012 - 2:38 AM College Park, MD (Sports Network) - Monet Tellier scored a game-high 31 points, as Virginia Tech upset No. 8 Maryland, 75-69, on Thursday.

The Hokies (7-14, 3-5 ACC) had lost five straight games but got 15 points from Aerial Wilson and 14 from Porschia Hadley to earn their first win over Maryland since 2005.

Lynetta Kizer had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Terrapins (18-3, 5-3), who were coming off of Sunday's loss at Duke. Laurin Mincy added 19 points and Tianna Hawkins finished with 18. Leading scorer Alyssa Thomas did not play after injuring her hand earlier in the week.

Despite missing Thomas' 17.2 points per game, the Terps led for the majority of the second half. They were up 60-56 with eight minutes left before Virginia Tech reeled off a 10-1 run to seize an advantage which they did not relinquish.

Tellier's jumper put VT on top 62-61 and Hadley followed with a bucket before Tellier was good from in close to make it a 66-61 game with 3 1/2 minutes to go. Maryland answered with a free throw from both Kizer and Anjale Barrett to pull within three, but would get no closer.

A turnover by Mincy led to a runout layup for Wilson before Kelsey Conyers and Alyssa Fenyn both hit 1-of-2 from the stripe to put the Hokies up 70-63 with under a minute remaining. They went 5-of-8 from the charity stripe the rest of the way to seal the upset win.

In the first half, Kizer scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds, as the Terps took control of the back-and-forth action to take a 34-31 lead into the break. They maintained the edge until VT's late-game burst.