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Terps upset No. 5 Virginia in regular season ACC finale

Shaquille Cleare played his best game of the season in a win over Virginia.
Shaquille Cleare played his best game of the season in a win over Virginia.
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On a historic day that featured only the second sold-out crowd this year at the Comcast Center, the Maryland Terrapins outlasted the No. 5 Virginia Cavaliers for a 75-69 overtime win.

The victory moved the Terps to 9-9 on the season in conference play and sets them up with the No. 9 seed in the ACC tournament. They will take on the NC State Wolfpack in the second round, with a grudge match against Virginia looming should they win.

The Terps got off to a sluggish start but rebounded to make it a one-point game by halftime. Maryland seemed to have control of the game in the second half and even led by three points with just over five seconds remaining.

Mark Turgeon correctly instructed the Terps to foul, putting Virginia at the line with under three seconds to play. After making the first free-throw, the second was intentionally missed and the ball batted out of bounds off the Terps. Confusion in the paint by Maryland resulted in a wide open short jump shot by the Cavaliers to tie the game and send it to overtime.

Seth Allen and Dez Wells took control in overtime, and the Terps never looked back. Allen led all scorers with 20 while Wells added 18. Jake Layman helped seal the win with some great free-throw shooting down the stretch.

Maryland got another great effort out of Evan Smotrycz, as well as a strong performance from Shaquille Cleare, who saw extended minutes with Charles Mitchell battling constant foul trouble.

In a season that has seen its share of frustrations and near misses against top opponents, the Terps finally found a way to seal the deal and give an appropriate send-off to the Big Ten.

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