No. 4 North Carolina 85, Maryland 69
Terrell Stoglin is a good start for Maryland’s rebuilding
He’ll need some help, though.
The leading scorer in the Atlantic Coast Conference had another
big game Friday in the quarterfinals of the league tournament. But
his 30-point performance wasn’t nearly enough against fourth-ranked
North Carolina, which showed a lot more depth and balance in an
The Terrapins (17-15) blew out Wake Forest in the opening round,
but their hopes of making an improbable run to the NCAAs came up
well short in Mark Turgeon’s first season after taking over for
longtime coach Gary Williams.
”We learned so much this year,” said Stoglin, a sophomore who
averaged 27.5 points in the tournament. ”We are a young
North Carolina (28-4) simply had too many weapons for the
Terrapins, who were essentially a one-man show. Only two other
players were in double figures, led by Nick Faust with 11 points,
and the big men were no match for the Tar Heels – even after ACC
defensive player of the year John Henson went out with an injured
Freshman James Michael McAdoo stepped in and contributed 14
points and eight rebounds.
”Their length gives us problems,” Turgeon said. ”I was
disappointed we couldn’t score on McAdoo. I thought we could score
on him. He is not 7 foot. Our guys were just out of it. Our post
guys were just out of it.”
Still, the Terrapins feel they have the foundation for a bright
”It was a great run for us,” guard Sean Mosley said. ”We
matured during the season, and that’s the only thing you can ask
for with a new coach, new coaching staff and new system. We
responded in a positive way. We gave our all today, and that shows
There’s still a lot catching-up to do. The Terrapins lost to
North Carolina three times this season – by an average of more than
16 points a game.
Kendall Marshall gave Maryland fits with his dynamic playmaking.
Reggie Bullock buried a couple of huge 3-pointers to get the rout
going. Seven-footer Tyler Zeller dominated on the inside. Harrison
Barnes showed off some NBA-caliber finishing moves.
The Tar Heels didn’t even need Henson, their leading rebounder
and defensive ace. He played only 7 minutes after hurting his left
wrist in the first half.
”The bench players came in and gave us a lot,” Bullock said.
”Hopefully it continues until John gets back.”
Marshall was called for carrying the ball early in the second
half – stunningly, the first time all season the point guard who
has the ball in his hands so much of the time had been whistled for
palming or traveling.
The Tar Heels could overlook that mistake. Marshall scored 13
points, knocking down three attempts from 3-point range, but it was
his passing that really stood out. He set up his teammates with 12
assists, many of them resulting in layups or dunks.
It was another signature performance in a stellar season for
Marshall, who broke the ACC record for assists in a season. He now
has 311, surging past the mark set by Georgia Tech’s Craig Neal in
Bullock hit back-to-back 3s to start the second half, quickly
extending a 10-point halftime lead to 42-26.
”My teammates believe in me to take shots and be able to knock
down shots,” Bullock said. ”Kendall, he’s going to find me. I
just run wide like coach tells us to do and he’s going to find me.
They were giving me a lot of shots. I felt confident taking
Led by Stoglin, Maryland sliced the deficit to seven points a
couple of times before the Tar Heels pulled away again.
”We were tested,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said.
”You may look at the score and think we were not. It looked much
smoother out there than we felt as a staff sitting on the
North Carolina advanced to face North Carolina State in the
semifinals Saturday. The Wolfpack defeated Virginia 67-64.
It’s not yet known if Henson will be available, though Williams
said nothing appears to be broken.
Henson went down hard when fouled driving to the basket early in
the game, landing on his left wrist. He flexed it repeatedly and
finally came out of the game with 13:51 left in the first half.
After going off to the locker room to get checked out, he returned
to the bench to big cheers from the largely pro-North Carolina
crowd, his wrist heavily taped.
There were more cheers when Henson returned to the court with
8:06 remaining. But he lasted less than a minute, coming out when
it was apparent he couldn’t play with his usual effectiveness. He
just didn’t feel comfortable gripping the ball or catching
Henson watched the second half with ice on his wrist,
congratulating his teammates with his right hand only.
There were plenty of kudos to go around. Bullock and Barnes
finished with 15 points. Zeller chipped in with 14. McAdoo made it
five players in double figures.
Stoglin started out strong by making his first four shots –
including a couple of 3s – and three straight free throws. But when
he went cold, missing his next five shots, Maryland’s hopes faded
Things got a bit chippy at the end. Maryland’s Berend Weijs was
called for a flagrant foul on McAdoo, who fell on his left hand. He
was OK, staying in the game until Williams cleared his bench in the
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