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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The No.17 Virginia Cavaliers ran their winning streak to nine games Monday night with a 61-53 win over the rival Maryland Terrapins at John Paul Jones Arena.

Virginia (20-5, 11-1) guard Joe Harris led all scorers with 19 points, which included four 3-pointers.

The Cavaliers took a 30-29 lead with 18:26 to play but failed to lead by more than three points until the 10:36 mark. That's when guard Justin Anderson's block, leading to a Harris 3-pointer, gave the Cavaliers a 40-35 lead.

That sequence that sparked Virginia, as it continued to stay hot and grabbed a 52-41 lead with 4:54 to play.

Maryland (14-11, 6-6) fought back and used a 9-2 run sparked by guard Nick Faust to cut the Virginia lead to 54-50 with 2:10 to play. That is as close as the Terrapins would get, however, as Virginia converted their free throws down the stretch en route to the eight-point win.

The Cavaliers shot 47 percent for the game and scored 34 points in the paint, 13 of those coming from forward Akil Mitchell. Guard Malcolm Brogdon continued his strong play as he scored 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting.

Maryland made 40 percent of its shots and was led by guard Seth Allen, who scored 15 points. Guard Dez Wells added 12 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Maryland got off to a hot start from beyond the arc as forward Evan Smotrycz knocked down two 3-pointers giving the Terrapins an 8-4 lead with 16:58 left.

After the two teams traded baskets for much of the first half, Virginia retook the lead at 19-17 and held that lead before Maryland forward Charles Mitchell's layup gave the Terrapins a 26-23 lead with under a minute to go.

Virginia forward Akil Mitchell would throw down a two-handed dunk at the halftime buzzer to cut the Maryland lead to 26-25 after 20 minutes of play.

The Cavaliers shot 50 percent for the half and were led by Akil Mitchell and Brogdon, who both scored eight points.

Maryland shot just 42 percent but knocked down four 3-pointers and was led by Smotrycz and Allen who, scored eight points apiece.

NOTES: This is the final meeting between Maryland and Virginia as ACC opponents in Charlottesville. ... Virginia clinched its third consecutive winning season in ACC play for the first time since 1981-83. ... The Cavaliers are 5-2 against the Terrapins at John Paul Jones Arena. ... In Maryland's 83-71 over Florida State on Saturday, sophomore G Seth Allen scored a career-high 32 points. ... Maryland averages 72.3 points per game, while Virginia allows just 55.6 points per game.
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