Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
The Maryland Terrapins came off the critical list last night, in defeat.
But the patient isn't well yet, as Coach Lefty Driesell pointed out after his Terps lost, 66-64, to a Virginia team that played poor basketball in the second half but led the entire game.
Maryland lost its fourth straight game and dropped to 1-6 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 11-8 overall, but toned down the rising crescendo of criticism.
With possession and a chance to tie with 30 seconds left, the Terps worked the ball to Lawrence Boston, who took a shot from the lane that bounced off the rim. Boston grabbled the rebound, but scrappy Virginia guard Bobby Stokes slapped the ball loose and 11th-ranked Cavaliers were off on a fast break.
In keeping with the way the Cavs were shooting in the second half (28 percent), guard Daved Koesters missed the layup and Boston rebounded.
Boston passed to Jo Jo Hunter, who sped downcourt in traffic - and carried the ball, giving it back to Virginia, with 21 seconds left and a 64-62 Cavalier lead.
Virginia, rising to 15-2 overall and 5-2 in the ACC, brought the ball upcourt against the press and Hunter dove for guard Jeff Lamp to foul with nine seconds left.
Lamp, an 84 percent free-throw shooter, got two shots from the intentional foul and made both for a 66-62 lead.
Greg Manning drove the Virginia lane trying to pick up a foul but couldn't, hitting a layup with two seconds left. Maryland had no more time-outs, and the clock ran out.
The most amazing thing about the game was the way in which the Terps lost. In their recent woeful past, Maryland has played evenly in the first half and insulted the eyeballs of everyone present in the second.
This time, the Terps reversed the script. They began the game by hitting two field goals in the first nine minutes of play as Virginia, shooting at an outstanding 63 percent pace in the first half, took a 47-32 lead.
The Cavs' big mem, 6-9 Steve Castellan and 6-9 Marc Iavaroni, were plunking 18-footers like sugar cubes in coffee during the first half. Maryland, often playing to taunting Virginia chants of, "We want Davis!", turned the ball over 13 times in the first period.
Maryland's three guards made one of 10 shots in the first half. It was, basically, such a disgraceful display of basketball that the Terps were left at halftime with only two choices: sneak out the back door, or come out smoking.
The Terps' second-half rally became possible because Holland switched from a rough man-to-man defense to a two-three zone to avoid foul troubles. Hunter, who had no field goals in the first half, ripped the zone apart for 12 of his 15 points in the second half. And, astonishingly, the Terps turned the ball over only six times and wererolling.