Cavs Topple Terps 103-91

VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM J.R. Reynolds goes to the basket over Maryland's Ekene Ibekwe in the first half.
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J.R. Reynolds goes to the basket over Maryland's Ekene Ibekwe in the first half.
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Jan. 16, 2007

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -Mamadi Diane scored a career-high 26 points and Sean Singletary added 25 and seven assists Tuesday night to lead Virginia past Maryland 103-91, ending the Cavaliers' three-game losing streak.

Virginia (10-6, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) blew a 20-point first half lead, allowing Maryland to close to within three early in the second half.

But the Cavs scored 12 straight to make it 70-55 with 9:50 remaining, and from there the Terrapins (15-4, 1-3) couldn't get closer than eight.

Mike Jones led Maryland with 18 points. Greivis Vazquez made five 3-pointers and scored 17. Ekene Ibekwe also had 17 before fouling out in the closing minute.

Two free throws by Ibekwe pulled the Terps to within 58-55 with 14:36 to play. After Virginia turned the ball over on a 10-second violation, Maryland also turned it over and Jamil Tucker hit his third 3-pointer in as many tries for the Cavaliers.

Maryland turned the ball over three more times and missed all five of its shots over the next four-plus minutes, allowing Virginia to rebuild its advantage.

A dunk by Jason Cain gave Virginia a 50-30 lead with 2:45 left in the first half, but then the Cavaliers self-destructed, turning the ball over on four straight possessions. The Terps scored the last 13 points of the period, with Vasquez making all of his eight first half points in 30 seconds.

The Cavaliers were 18 of 23 at the free throw line in the first half, compared to 5-for-9 for Maryland. Four of the Terps' starters spent much of the second half in foul trouble.

J.R. Reynolds scored 17 for Virginia - 11 from the free throw line. Cain finished with 13 points and 16 rebounds.

Virginia avoided its first four game losing streak under coach Dave Leitao.

Maryland came in having won six of its last seven and had beaten Clemson in its last game Saturday, ending the Tigers' run as the last unbeaten Division I school.