Blog: UNC never trails in win over Maryland, 75-63
Posted February 4
FINAL: UNC 75, Maryland 63: Marcus Paige led all scorers with 25 points and added 7 assists as North Carolina led wire-to-wire in a 75-63 win over Maryland Tuesday night at the Dean E Smith center to improve to 5-4 in ACC play.
3:57 2nd: UNC 65, Maryland 56: The lead is at 9 at the final media timeout as Marcus Paige has emerged as the game's leading scorer with 22 points.
7:34 2nd: UNC 58, Maryland 52: Maryland has trimmed the UNC lead at the under-8 timeout on the heels of Dez Wells who leads Maryland with 16 points.
11:37 2nd: UNC 50, Maryland 40: The pace has slowed in Chapel Hill as Carolina's lead remains at 10 midway through the second half.
15:54 2nd: UNC 46, Maryland 36: At the first break of the second half UNC is still holding on to a double-digit lead as McAdoo has reached 11 points.
Half: UNC 39, Maryland 27: UNC led by as many as 16 points in the first half but saw that lead narrow to three before a late run that gave them a 12 point advantage at half time.
The leading scorer at half is James Michael McAdoo with 9. Brice Johnson has added 8 and UNC has 6 players with three or more points. Maryland has been led by Smotrycz who has 6 points on a pair of three pointers.
Maryland is shooting just 29 percent from the floor and has turned it over 12 times leading to 15 UNC points.
3:28 1st: UNC 28, Maryland 23: The game continues to be close late in the first half as Maryland has battled back from a slow start but UNC remains in front at the final media break of the first half.
7:12 1st: UNC 24, Maryland 21: Maryland continues their comeback after falling in an early hole and have cut the Tar Heels lead to just three at the under-8 timeout.
11:48 1st: UNC 20, Maryland 11: Maryland is on an 8-1 run as they have turned a 16 point margin down to 9 midway through the first half.
McAdoo leads all scores with 9 points. UNC hold it 10 to 5 advantage in rebounds.
15:44 1st: UNC 17, Maryland 3: UNC is out to a hot start shooting as they have made seven out of eight field goals, including two three-pointers, as they have opened up a 17-3 lead.
20:00 1st : UNC vs Maryland: Kennedy Meeks will make his third consecutive start for UNC alongside McDonald, Paige, Tokoto and McAdoo.
Raleigh native Dez Wells will make his second trip to the Triangle in as many weeks.
The North Carolina Tar Heels have won three consecutive games, and will try for a fourth in a row that would be the team's longest win streak of the season, as they battle the Maryland Terrapins in Atlantic Coast Conference play at the Dean Smith Center.
That game will be on WRAL-TV at 8 p.m.
Maryland has won two in a row and will seek for a third straight against the Tar Heels. The Terrapins made a statement Saturday by defeating the Virginia Tech Hokies 80-60 in an ACC battle.
The Tar Heels made it three wins in a row with an 84-70 victory over intrastate rival NC State Saturday. North Carolina, at 4-4 in conference play, sits well behind ACC leader Syracuse.
North Carolina has a gigantic lead in the all-time series between the two programs, 121-57. The last time these two programs met was in the ACC semifinals in March of 2013, which ended in a North Carolina 79-76 victory.
Dez Wells came off the bench to lead the Terrapins with 19 points in Saturday's 20-point drubbing of Virginia Tech. Maryland only led by eight at the halftime break, but took control in the second half behind 46.4 percent shooting from the floor. Seth Allen scored 16 points for Maryland, and Jake Layman and Nick Faust each tallied 10 points in the win. The Terrapins shot 51.8 percent from the field for the game.
Wells, who came off the bench for the first time all season long Saturday, leads the team in scoring this season with 15 ppg on 48.7 percent shooting from the floor. He's followed by Layman (12.5 ppg) and Evan Smotrycz (11.6 ppg) in the scoring department. Smotrycz leads the team in rebounding at 6.5 rpg, and Roddy Peters tops the squad with 61 assists on the year. The Terrapins are averaging 72.8 ppg this season.
North Carolina has been able to rebound from less than stellar play in the ACC at the start of conference matchups this season to even its record at 4-4, including the win over NC State Saturday. The Tar Heels jumped way out ahead at the midway break, 40-23, and didn't look back. Leslie McDonald paced North Carolina with 20 points, while James Michael McAdoo scored 16 and grabbed 13 rebounds for the double-double. Marcus Paige netted 15 points and Brice Johnson rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10.
Paige and McAdoo has set themselves apart from the rest of the team in scoring this season, as Paige tops the squad with 16.7 ppg and McAdoo at an even 15 ppg. Each is a leader in other respective categories on the stat sheet as well. Paige leads the Tar Heels with 92 assists on the year, while McAdoo is the leading rebounder at 6.7 rpg. McDonald is the third and final double-digit scorer for the Heels, netting 12.3 ppg this season.
The fact that the Tar Heels have been able to bounce back and even their conference record isn't overly surprising, especially with the stellar guard play this season. North Carolina is in prime position to extend its win streak to four in a row.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: North Carolina 81, Maryland 72