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Harris scores 22 as Virginia cruises past Maryland 80-69 in ACC action

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    Virginia guard Joe Harris, top right, blocks a shot attempt by Maryland guard Logan Aronhalt in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in College Park, Md., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)The Associated Press

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    Virginia guard Justin Anderson (23) shoots over, from left to right, Maryland's Nick Faust, James Padgett and Jake Layman in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in College Park, Md., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)The Associated Press

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    Virginia head coach Tony Bennett gestures near a pair of Maryland players as he directs his team in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in College Park, Md., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)The Associated Press

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    Maryland center Alex Len, left, of Ukraine, shoots over Virginia forwards Darion Atkins (32) and Evan Nolte in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in College Park, Md., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)The Associated Press

Joe Harris scored 22 points, Justin Anderson added 17 and Virginia beat Maryland 80-69 Sunday to solidify its hold on third place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Cavaliers (17-6, 7-3) never trailed after halftime in their fourth straight win over the Terrapins (17-7, 5-6). Virginia improved to 3-4 on the road, 2-3 in the ACC.

The victory gave the Cavaliers a one-game lead over idle North Carolina and got them within a half-game of Duke, which faced Boston College on Sunday night.

Despite committing 16 turnovers, the Cavaliers shot 58 percent from beyond the arc (11 for 19) and finished with a 34-29 rebounding advantage. Virginia has won three in a row at Maryland for the first time since 1991-93.

Dez Wells scored 13 for the Terrapins, who fell to 14-2 at home. Center Alex Len, who was double-teamed almost every time he touched the ball, had nine points.