Feb. 24, 1998
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Laron Profit scored six points and Rodney Elliott four during a 13-0 run early in the second half Tuesday night, and Maryland spoiled Senior Night for Virginia, beating the Cavaliers 74-66.
Maryland (17-9, 10-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), which already had clinched third place in the league, also limited Curtis Staples to three 3-pointers, leaving him three shy of Keith Veney's NCAA record of 409.
Virginia (11-17, 3-12) lost for the ninth time in 10 games and may have played its last home game under coach Jeff Jones. Jones has two years left on his contract, but speculation has been growing he won't be back.
Trailing 36-30, Maryland got its run started when Terrell Stokes made a three-point play 3:02 into the second half. Profit added two baskets and two free throws, and Elliott finished it with a basket and two from the line.
Virginia missed eight of its first nine shots in the second half.
The spurt gave Maryland a 43-36 lead, and Virginia got no closer than five points the rest of the way. It was the Cavaliers' first loss on Senior Night in four years. The last three years, they upset ranked teams.
Elliott led the Terrapins with 14 points, Profit had 13 and Obinna Ekezie and Sarunas Jasikevicius had 12 apiece. Jasikevicius' all came after halftime.
Norman Nolan led Virginia with 26 points and 15 rebounds in his last home game, and Staples, also a senior, had 12 of his 17 in the first half. Staples finished 3-for-14 from 3-point range, 1-for-9 in the second half. He has at least two more games to hit four 3-pointers for the NCAA record.
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