March 9, 2012
ATLANTA - Terrell Stoglin scored a game-high 30 points for Maryland, but top-seeded North Carolina pulled away for an 85-69 victory Friday in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
Maryland, which came into the tournament as the eighth seed, fell to 17-15 while North Carolina improved to 28-4.
The Tar Heels put five players in double figures, as Reggie Bullock and Harrison Barnes had 15 each, James Michael McAdoo and Tyler Zeller had 14 each and Kendall Marshall finished with a double-double with 13 points and a dozen assists.
Defensive ace and first team All-ACC pick John Henson suffered a wrist injury in the first half and played sparingly after that.
Reggie Bullock hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start the second half, quickly extending a 10-point halftime lead to 42-26. Behind a scoring burst from Stoglin, who had 17 of his points in the second half, the Terps cut the deficit to 52-45 with 12:54 left.
But the Tar Heels pulled away with a 9-0 run over the next 2:32.
North Carolina advanced to face either North Carolina State or Virginia in the semifinals Saturday. It's not yet known if Henson will be available.
The Associated Press contributed to this game recap.