Jan. 19, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -
Dez Wells scored 21 points and Alex Len had 10, but Maryland was unable to overcome a 22-point halftime deficit in falling at North Carolina, 62-52.
Reggie Bullock scored 21 of his career-high 24 points in the first half to help give the Tar Heels a 42-20 lead at the break.
James Michael McAdoo added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels (12-5, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who forced Maryland into 15 first-half turnovers.
Maryland (14-4, 2-3 ACC) held UNC to 35.4 percent shooting (23 of 65) for the game, including 23.5 percent (8 of 34) after halftime. It was the fifth time in five conference games the Terps held the opponent under 40 percent shooting, but the Tar Heels scored 14 points off turnovers -- all in the first half -- and Maryland finished with 21 turnovers.
Wells' 21 points were his most since scoring 25 against George Mason on Dec. 5, 2012, as the sophomore connected on 8 of 11 shots. But Maryland managed just five assists for the game and shot 39.6 percent (21 of 53), including 1 of 12 from 3-point range.
Bullock quickly turned the game into his own show. The 6-foot-7 junior buried a 3-pointer on the game's opening sequence, followed with a transition layup, then added another 3 on the next possession for a personal 8-0 run to start the game. Bullock kept hitting, knocking down another shot from behind the arc and six free throws, with the last three coming when he was fouled on a 3-point attempt.
While Bullock was rolling, the Terrapins struggled to find rhythm offensively.
Maryland had two assists with 15 turnovers in those opening 20 minutes, as North Carolina's defense played with an aggressive and active style it hasn't shown often this year.
The Terrapins had just one shot attempt and five turnovers in the first three minutes, then gave the ball away at midcourt on their last possession of the half to give Dexter Strickland an uncontested dunk as the final seconds ticked away. That capped a 9-0 run that gave the Tar Heels a 42-20 lead at the break.
Maryland played better after halftime, opening the half on a 9-2 run. The Terrapins shot 46.2 percent while holding North Carolina to 23.5 percent shooting, and outscored the Tar Heels 32-20 in the last 20 minutes. But they couldn't manage a push to get closer than the 10-point final margin.