Virginia stuns No. 8 Maryland with second-half rally

Posted: Friday, February 07, 2003

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Reserve Devin Smith scored 17 points 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 improbable comeback, twice hitting successive 3-pointers to spark Virginia to its first Atlantic Coast Conference road win of the season.

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 unbeaten at home against Virginia since 1993.

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.

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 No. 14 Wake Forest over North Carolina State.

Howard, coming off a career-best 32 points at North Carolina on Sunday, scored 20 of his 24 in the second half as the Demon Deacons (16-2, 6-2) secured their best start in the Atlantic Coast Conference since going 7-1 in 1997.

The Wolfpack (12-6, 5-3) dropped into a third-place tie in the ACC 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 foul line and added 12 rebounds as Wake Forest improved to 12-0 at home.

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 No. 25 Stanford.

Ridnour sat for the final 18:03 of the first half after picking up his second foul in 32 seconds. He came back to help the Ducks (16-5, 6-4 Pac-10) stop Stanford's four-game winning streak.

In the second half, he shot 7-for-13 from the field and made all six of his foul shots. The previous school mark for free throws was 41 straight.

Oregon, which started the week by dropping out of The Associated Press rankings for the first time in 18 weeks, beat the Cardinal for only the second time in 15 games. The Ducks avenged an 81-57 loss earlier this season at Stanford.

No. 2 Arizona 88, Washington 85, OT

SEATTLE -- Salim Stoudamire scored 25 points, including a big 3-pointer late in overtime, and Channing Frye had 24 points and 12 rebounds for Arizona.

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 eager for an upset.


No. 2 Duke 61, Clemson 49

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Alana Beard scored 21 points, and second-ranked Duke recovered from its loss to No. 1 Connecticut with a 61-49 victory Thursday night over Clemson.

The Blue Devils (21-1, 9-0 Atlantic Coast) had been ranked No. 1 since the preseason and were 20-0 until they lost to UConn on Saturday night.

This was Duke's 33rd win in a row against ACC teams and fifth straight over the Lady Tigers (11-10, 3-7).

No. 3 Tennessee 86, Mississippi 43

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Gwen Jackson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and every Tennessee player scored.

No. 4 LSU 69, No. 16 South Carolina 66

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Seimone Augustus scored 26 points, and made two free throws with 7.1 seconds left to lead Louisiana State.

No. 10 Purdue 74, Northwestern 56

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Erika Valek scored 18 points, and Beth Jones 14 for Purdue.

No. 13 Penn St. 82, Illinois 69

CHAMPAIGN, Ill -- Penn State's Kelly Mazzante became the first player in Big Ten history to reach 2,000 points as a junior by scoring 23 to finish with 2,017.

No. 17 Georgia 76, No. 12 Mississippi St. 71

ATHENS, Ga. -- Christi Thomas scored 22 points, and Georgia went 7-of-8 from the free-throw line in the last 2:30 to hold off Mississippi State.

No. 18 Vanderbilt 80, Alabama 69

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jenni Benningfield had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Chantelle Anderson scored 10 of her 15 down the stretch for Vanderbilt.

No. 21 Wisconsin-Green Bay 79, Cleveland St. 59

CLEVELAND -- Kristy Loiselle scored 19 points for Wisconsin-Green Bay, which opened the game with an 18-2 run.

No. 25 Ohio St. 66, No. 15 Minnesota 58

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Kim Wilburn and Courtney Coleman scored 18 points apiece.

Arizona 79, No. 20 Washington 66

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona's Dee-Dee Wheeler scored 25 points, and hit a key 3 to halt No. 20 Washington's momentum.

No. 6 Stanford 85, Oregon 54

STANFORD, Calif. -- Kelley Suminski and Nicole Powell scored 15 points apiece to lead Stanford to its 22nd straight home victory.

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