Virginia addressed Job One on Thursday — limiting Maryland forward Jordan Williams. That was pretty much the only thing the Cavaliers accomplished on a historically dreadful night.
The Cavaliers unraveled comprehensively in a 66-42 loss at John Paul Jones Arena that erased much good that they displayed five days earlier in a home win versus Georgia Tech.
"We're always talking about there are certain things that have to be very sharp for us, not flat, to be in games, just to be competitive," Virginia coach Tony Bennett said, "and then you have to make some plays to win."
Virginia (11-9, 2-4 ACC) did few of those things Thursday in one of their most lopsided losses in years.
The Cavaliers suffered their largest loss to Maryland in Charlottesville since 1930 and their first double-digit loss to the Terps since 1975.
The Cavs scored the fewest points in a game since a 63-41 loss to Duke in the 1998 ACC tournament — Jeff Jones' final game as coach.
Virginia's 42 points were their fewest at home since a 77-36 loss to Connecticut to start the 1993-94 season.
The Cavaliers' ills were at both ends of the floor. They shot just 33 percent from the field (16-for-48) and made just 4 of 17 from 3-point range — five days after hitting 10 of 15 from behind the arc versus Georgia Tech.
Virginia also permitted the Terps to shoot 54 percent from the field — 68 percent in the second half — as Maryland (13-7, 3-3 ACC) ran away from a 26-21 halftime lead.
Fifteen turnovers compounded Virginia's problems and allowed Maryland to score quickly and set up against the Cavs' defense, which too often lost shooters.
Virginia's issues even extended to the free-throw line, where the Cavs missed 7 of 13 foul shots.
The most jarring aspect of the outcome was Williams' ineffectiveness. The Terps' 6-foot-10 sophomore averages double-figure points and rebounds, and had recorded a school-record 13 double-doubles heading into Thursday.
But he managed just four points and six rebounds in 32 minutes, as his teammates more than compensated.
"Looking at that stat line," Bennett said, "I wouldn't have guessed that outcome, but they've got some experienced players that certainly stepped up and hit some shots. Once they got the momentum, it was hard for us."
Adrian Bowie took up much of the slack. The senior guard scored a season-high 22 points, one shy of his career best, and senior forward Cliff Tucker chipped in with 13 points.
Bowie delivered early in the second half, scoring seven consecutive points. He banked in a high, driving shot over 7-foot Assane Sene. He hit an open 3-pointer when the Cavaliers didn't rotate back on defense after Jontel Evans' driving miss to push the Terps' lead to 31-24.
Bennett called a timeout, attempting to stem the momentum. But after the timeout, Bowie deflected an Evans pass near midcourt and raced in for a layup and a 33-24 lead.
Dino Gregory's short jump shot extended the lead to 35-24. The Cavaliers were never closer than eight points afterward.
Senior Mustapha Farrakhan and freshman Joe Harris led Virginia with eight points apiece. Sene grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds, but his effort wasn't nearly enough.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times