Virginia Tech led 29-28 at halftime but scoreless droughts and injuries helped Maryland pull away for a 64-47 win Tuesday in College Park.
The Terrapins (16-14, 8-9 ACC) outscored the Hokies 36-18 in the second half with Tech not scoring its first field goal until the 14:51 mark.
Jake Layman led the Terps with 13 points and five rebounds off the bench and starter Dez Wells finished with 11 points.
Joey Van Zegeren had 14 points, nine rebounds and two blocks for the Hokies (9-20, 2-15 ACC) while Jarell Eddie added 14 points and five rebounds. Freshman Trevor Thompson had six points and a game-high 10 rebounds, but also committed seven turnovers.
In fact none of the Hokies took very good care of the ball turning it over 17 times to Maryland's five.
Tech managed to out-rebound the Terps 40-30 but that was the lone bright spot.
The Hokies were once again without the services of freshman captain Ben Emelogu, sophomore Adam Smith and senior Cadarian Raines coming into the game, and C.J. Barksdale joined their M.A.S.H. unit after injuring his ankle battling for a rebound in the first half.
We've already covered Tech's affinity for scoring droughts, and that was a major theme once again. The Hokies didn't score a basket until 16:35 remaining in the first half but rallied to take a 23-17 lead with 8:19 left before halftime. Tech proceeded to go scoreless for the next 5:19.
After getting back in the scoring column there was another lull at the end of the first half that bled into the start of the second period, lasting just over five minutes in total.
Despite the scoring issues, the Hokies hung around until Maryland started hitting three pointers and Tech simply got exhausted from the lack of depth.
Virginia Tech has lost five straight and will look to conclude its regular season on a high note Saturday in Atlanta, Ga. against Georgia Tech at 2 p.m.
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