COLLEGE PARK, Md. — After getting hacked under the basket by 7-foot-1
Maryland fans booed him when he was introduced in starting lineups. They chanted pleasantries like "traitor" and "we don't need you" when the former Maryland commitment stepped to the free-throw line early in the game.
While the late basket and free throw that helped U.Va. seal its 80-69 win were sweet for Anderson, his greatest thrill came after the free throw when he looked in the stands and saw Maryland fans streaming out of the
"That was a good feeling," said Anderson, who switched his commitment in May 2011 from Maryland to U.Va. after former Terrapins coach
"Not to say anything disrespectful to the fans, or try to say we shut them up or anything, but just to see we came into a tough environment and got a big-time win."
U.Va. (17-6, 7-3
Joe Harris led U.Va. with 22 points on 7 of 8 shooting, including 3 of 4 from beyond the 3-point line, while Anderson had a career-high 17 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Akil Mitchell had 13 points, and Paul Jesperson scored a career-high 12 points by making each of his four 3-point attempts — all in the second half.
U.Va. shot 54.2 percent from the floor, including 57.9 percent (11 of 19) from 3-point range. Maryland (17-7, 5-6) made 46.6 percent of its shots, including just 35.5 percent in the first half, and 59.3 percent in the second half.
Maryland's 69 points were a season-high against U.Va.'s defense, which came into the game giving up 51.5 points per game (second in the nation in scoring defense). Dez Wells led Maryland with 13 points. Seth Allen had 11 points off the bench.
Posting the second-most points in an ACC game in U.Va. coach
"I thought we were a half-step slow," said Maryland coach
U.Va. was the first team all season to out-rebound the Terrapins — something that was unforeseen given the fact Bennett's team was missing 6-foot-11 back-up forward Mike Tobey and 6-8 forward Darion Atkins was only able to play seven minutes off the bench.
Anderson's aggression in the first half — 14 points on 4 of 8 shooting and five rebounds — was one of many reasons U.Va. got off to a quick start.
"I think one of the reasons we rebounded well was that (the Terrapins) didn't always play their two bigs at times," said Bennett, whose team has won four straight games against Maryland. "They tried to match up with us offensively. Early when (6-6) Justin had one of the (power forwards or centers) on him, he really got free."
U.Va. saw its lead grow to as many as 14 points in the second half.
After blowing a nine-point lead Feb. 3 in a 66-60 loss at