Jordan Williams's double-double streak is snapped, but Maryland thrives anyway vs. Virginia
Friday, January 28, 2011; 12:43 AM
CHARLOTTESVILLE - Jordan Williams has been so crucial to Maryland's hard-fought success this season that it has been nearly impossible to imagine how the Terrapins could get along without him.
Thursday's game at Virginia offered a glimpse.
With Maryland's sophomore center held to a season-low four points and six rebounds - halting his school-record streak of consecutive double-doubles at 13 games - the Terps proved they're capable of winning in ways other than feeding the ball to their seemingly unstoppable big man on every play.
Behind a withering defense and the hot shooting of senior guard Adrian Bowie, Maryland dismantled Virginia on its home court, 66-42, holding the Cavaliers to 33.3 percent shooting from the field and their fewest points in almost 13 years.
Bowie led all players with 22 points, his season high and one shy of the career-high 23 he scored his sophomore season.
Williams, meantime, was effectively shut down by double- and triple-teams, blanketed on his every move by Virginia's 7-foot center, Assane Sene, and at least one other broad body.
Roundly stymied, Williams attempted only five shots in the game and made just two. Even more surprising, he didn't earn a single trip to the free throw line. And he hardly factored in the battle of the boards, leading the Terps with six rebounds yet well shy of Sene's career-high 15 for Virginia.
Coach Gary Williams brushed off a question about whether his 6-10 center was ill, saying: "Things happen. He didn't tell me he was sick. I don't think he was sick."
Instead, Williams credited Virginia with taking the sophomore out of the mix by throwing multiple bodies at him.
Jordan Williams wasn't available after the game to talk to reporters.
But teammate Cliff Tucker, the only Terp to join Bowie in double figures (13 points), said he sensed that the sophomore was getting frustrated as the game went on, weary of all the defensive pummeling.
Early in the second half, Jordan Williams appeared to complain to a game official about a non-call as he was getting clobbered under the basket on one possession. It resulted in a turnover, with Williams traveling in a frenzied effort to break free of the coverage. Virginia fans booed as he gesticulated to officials during the next break.