COLLEGE PARK — — Nineteen games had passed since Maryland seniors Cliff Tucker, Adrian Bowie and Dino Gregory were all in the starting lineup.
But there they all were Saturday afternoon, getting the start together and eagerly hoping to make their final home game memorable — even if much of the season that preceded it was not.
What the seniors got instead was more disappointment in the form of a 74-60 loss to Virginia — Maryland's third straight and second in a row to a team below .500 in the Atlantic Coast Conference
The defeat stung for a variety of reasons. The Terps had hoped to enter next week's ACC tournament with momentum that would allow them to entertain long shot hopes of an NCAA tournament bid. They also wanted to win for the three seniors, who were honored with family members on the Comcast Center court before the game.
The student section chanted "thank you, seniors" at the end.
Maryland trailed by 12 points in the second half before making a final, unsuccessful run.
The Terps cut the deficit to 63-55 on Tucker's 3-pointer with 6:32 left. It was the first field goal of the game for Tucker, who was scoreless at the half and finished with five points. Gregory had 15 points and Bowie had five.
Maryland twice pulled to within five, the second time at 65-60 on an inside move by Jordan Williams (17 points) with 2:38 left.
But the Terps could get no closer.
A drive by Virginia's Mustapha Farrakhan made it 67-60 and his subsequent foul shot upped the lead to eight with 2:23 left.
Sammy Zeglinski led Virginia with 25 points and was 6-for-7 on 3-pointers.