As the final seconds of regulation ticked off the clock, the sellout crowd was poised to storm the court to celebrate an upset victory in Maryland's final regular-season game in the ACC.
No. 5 Virginia forced overtime, forcing the fans back to their seats to see if the Terrapins could rebound from the letdown to pull off an upset against the best team in the league.
And they did just that.
Maryland closed out its 61st and final ACC regular season in stunning fashion, outlasting the Cavaliers, 75-69, in overtime Sunday at Comcast Center to end Virginia's 13-game win streak.
"[It] wasn't just an ordinary game. It was a lot of things," coach Mark Turgeon said. "We always play for Maryland, but we played for former players, former coaches, all our fans."
After blowing a seemingly secure lead in the closing seconds of regulation, Maryland (17-14, 9-9 ACC) never trailed in overtime in front of an emotional crowd of 17,950 at the school's final home basketball game in a conference it joined as a charter member in 1953.
When the final buzzer sounded, thousands of fans raced onto the court to celebrate another unforgettable ACC memory at the expense of one of its biggest rivals.
Virginia (25-6, 16-2), which already clinched the regular-season title, was vying to set an ACC record for most league wins in the regular season.
Seth Allen scored five of his 20 points in overtime for the Terrapins, who will play in the Big Ten next season.
Other ACC games
■ Syracuse 74, Florida State 58: C.J. Fair scored 22 points and No. 7 Syracuse (27-4, 14-4) closed the regular season with a victory in the program's first trip to Florida State (18-12, 9-9).
■ North Carolina State 78, Boston College 68: T.J. Warren scored a career-high 42 points to help host North Carolina State (19-12, 9-9) beat Boston College (8-23, 4-14) in the regular-season finale for both teams.
■ Minnesota 81, Penn State 63: Austin Hollins had 14 points and three steals for host Minnesota (19-12, 8-10) in a win against Penn State (15-16, 6-12) to set up a rematch between these teams Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.
■ Nebraska 77, Wisconsin 68: Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway scored 26 points apiece as host Nebraska (19-11, 11-7 Big Ten) upset No. 9 Wisconsin (25-6, 12-6) to put a dent in the Badgers' hopes for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
■ Saint Louis 64, Massachusetts 62: Jordair Jett scored on a driving layup with three seconds left and No. 17 Saint Louis (26-5, 13-3) snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory at Massachusetts (23-7, 10-6) as the Billikens won the Atlantic 10 regular-season title outright for the second season in a row.
■ Ohio State 69, Michigan State 67: LaQuinton Ross scored 22 points to lead Ohio State (23-8, 10-8 Big Ten) past No. 22 Michigan State (23-8, 12-6).
■ Missouri Valley Conference: Fred VanVleet scored 22 and No. 2 Wichita State (34-0) remained the nation's lone unbeaten by topping Indiana State (23-10), 83-69, in St. Louis for the title.
■ Atlantic Sun Conference: Langston Hall and Anthony White Jr. scored 15 points apiece as Mercer (26-8) earned its first NCAA tournament berth since 1985, winning at top-seeded Florida Gulf Coast (22-12), 68-60, in the championship.
■ Big South Conference: Warren Gillis had 22 points to lift host Coastal Carolina (21-12) to the title and its first NCAA tournament trip in 21 years with a 76-61 win against Winthrop (20-13).
■ Colonial Athletic Association: Marcus Thornton scored 21 points as William & Mary (20-11) edged Towson (23-10), 75-71, in a semifinal in Baltimore. ... Davon Usher scored 21 points as top-seeded Delaware (24-9) pulled away in the second half for an 87-74 win against Northeastern (11-21) in the other semifinal.
■ Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference: Sean Armand scored 21 points as top-seeded Iona (22-9) held off Canisius (21-12), 75-72, to advance to the final in Springfield, Mass. ... George Beamon scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half as second-seeded Manhattan (24-7) pulled away from Quinnipiac (20-11) for an 87-68 win in the other semifinal.
■ America East Conference: Peter Hooley scored 26 points, including four 3-pointers, as host No. 4 seed Albany (17-10) stunned top-seeded Vermont (22-10), 67-58, in a semifinal. ... Carson Puriefoy had 21 points to lead No. 2 seed Stony Brook (22-9) to a 69-64 win against Hartford (17-15) in the other semifinal.
■ Southern Conference: James Sinclair hit two 3-pointers in overtime and had 26 points as fifth-seeded Western Carolina (19-14) upset top-seeded Davidson (20-12), 99-97, in the semifinals in Asheville, N.C.