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Diakite, Huff lead No. 7 Virginia past Maine

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Diakite, Huff lead No. 7 Virginia past Maine

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Mamadi Diakite scored 15 points and Jay Huff had 13 as No. 7 Virginia beat Maine 46-26 on Wednesday night.

The Cavaliers (7-0) played without starting guard Braxton Key, their second-leading scorer and top rebounder, after the school said he had wrist surgery and will be sidelined indefinitely. They also were without Kody Stattmann, another starter, who missed his fourth consecutive game with an undisclosed illness.

Maine (2-4) kept it close for much of the game, more because Virginia had trouble scoring than anything else.

Vilgot Larsson led the Black Bears with nine points. They finished 8 for 43 from the field (18.6%) and had 21 turnovers that led to 20 Cavaliers points.

Virginia held Maine scoreless for nearly six minutes and used a 9-0 run to open a 24-10 lead late in the first half. It was 24-14 at the break, and eight consecutive points early in the second half opened the margin to 35-19 as coach Tony Bennett went deeper into his bench seeking combinations the Cavaliers will need going forward.

The Cavaliers have now held six of seven opponents this season under 50 points.

BIG PICTURE

Maine: In his second season as coach, Richard Barron has an exceedingly young team and an ambitious opening schedule that has already included Washington and takes the Black Bears to UConn on Sunday. Ten players on the roster are freshmen, redshirt freshmen or redshirt sophomores.

Virginia: After scoring 19 points against Arizona State in the championship game of the Air Force Reserve Tip-off Tournament and seeming ready to give Virginia's struggling offense a lift, freshman Casey Morsell went cold again at John Paul Jones Arena, finishing 1 of 8 from the field.

UP NEXT

Maine plays at UConn on Sunday.

Virginia goes on the road and faces Purdue in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, a rematch of last year's epic Elite Eight overtime game that the Cavaliers won en route to the national title.

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Maryland nabs transfer forward Jairus Hamilton from Boston College

Maryland nabs transfer forward Jairus Hamilton from Boston College

The Maryland Terrapins have reloaded their frontcourt depth with adding Boston College transfer Jairus Hamilton.

Current rules will have the forward having to sit out a year before his final two years of eligibility. However, the NCAA is voting at the end of June to have a one-time transfer waiver that would allow players to not have to sit for their first transfer.

At Boston College, the 6-foot-8 forward started 20 games last year as he battled an undisclosed injury. He significantly rose his per-game averages to 9.5 and 4.3 rebounds from his freshman year and was a critical part of the Eagles' offense. 

Primarily playing as a lengthy wing, he won't have the same presence as Jalen Smith did in the post the last two seasons with the Terps. Hamilton shot 28% from behind the arc in 2019-20, attempting the fourth-most threes on the team. The Charlotte native can play and attack the post, but is not your typical shot-blocking, rebounding big man. Assuming Smith is entering the NBA draft, Maryland will still need to find depth under the basket. 

The former four-star prospect and top-100 recruit received an offer from Maryland when recruited out of high school. As a member of the Class of 2018, he was in the same recruiting class as Smith.

Earlier this week it was reported that the Terps were also interested in Yale transfer Jordan Bruner. The grad transfer could immediately come in next season and presumably fill in Smith's role.

With Smith still on the roster, there is only one open scholarship available for the 2020-21 season, according to Verbal Commits

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Howard women's soccer officially wins the toilet paper juggle challenge

Howard women's soccer officially wins the toilet paper juggle challenge

Everyone can go ahead and stop posting their attempt at the toilet paper juggling challenge because Howard University women's soccer has officially won.

In a video posted Thursday, 23 members of the team can be seen juggling a roll of toilet paper and continuously passing it off to their teammates off-screen. 

In the age of coronavirus, social distancing and owning toilet paper rolls are some of the most prominent aspects of the pandemic. This particular toilet paper challenge combines them in a fun way. 

The toilet paper challenge began when bored pro athletes challenged each other to juggle a roll of toilet paper ten times in a row without it falling to the ground. Lionel Messi was one of the first to do it and the internet, as it does, took the idea and ran with it. 

It was fun to watch all the videos while the challenge lasted, but as we've already said, Howard has won this one. 

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