CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina junior Reggie Bullock helped the Tar Heels build a first-half cushion Saturday at the Smith Center, and the Tar Heels used it to hang on against Maryland, winning 62-52. A quick look at the game:
Turning point: UNC took its largest lead -- 44-21, on a Marcus Paige shot -- early in the second half. But UNC got sloppy and cold in stages, and Maryland cut its deficit 60-49 on a Dez Wells bucket with about three minutes left. On the Terps' first chance to cut it to single figures, Maryland committed yet another turnover (21 for the game). On the second, Nick Faust missed a shot (Maryland shot 39.6 percent for the game). With 2:05 left, Paige found forward James Michael McAdoo for a bucket in the lane to give the Tar Heels a 62-49 cushion. It was enough.
Key player(s): Bullock was on a tear from the outset, outscoring Maryland 8-0 to begin the game and 21-20 by halftime (when UNC led 42-20). He went scoreless for a long stretch in the second half, but finally set a new career high (24 points) with about five minutes left when he buried a 3-pointer from the top of the arc.
McAdoo added 19 points and 11 rebounds for UNC.
Wells finished with 21 points for Maryland.
Noteworthy number(s): UNC shot 23.5 percent in the second half -- compared to Maryland's 46.2 percent after the break.
Etc.: UNC reserve Leslie McDonald missed his third straight game with a sore right knee (although he did display a few more of his normal moves, in suit, during the pre-tipoff ‘Jump Around’ dance; progress, perhaps?).
Next up: The Terrapins will play Boston College on Tuesday; the Tar Heels play Georgia Tech on Wednesday.