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Jan. 10, 2010
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -Just about everybody is healthy again for No. 9 North Carolina - and that includes coach Roy Williams. And once those 3-pointers finally began to fall again, the Tar Heels started feeling even better.
North Carolina overcame a big game from Malcolm Delaney and hit five consecutive 3s to pull away from Virginia Tech 78-64 on Sunday night. Ed Davis had 20 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots, and Larry Drew II added 14 points. Deon Thompson and Will Graves added 13 apiece for the Tar Heels (12-4, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).
They opened the second half with an efficient burst that helped them bounce back from a surprising overtime loss at the College of Charleston, improve to 11-0 at home and avoid losing their ACC opener for the second straight year.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Maryland opened its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule in ideal fashion: with a solid home win over No. 18 Florida State. The only thing that would have made the night better was more time to celebrate.
Greivis Vasquez scored 22 points, Eric Hayes had 17, and the Terrapins ended the Seminoles' seven-game winning streak with a 77-68 victory Sunday night. The Terrapins (10-4, 1-0) are off Monday, then face Wake Forest on the road.
Maryland let a 16-point lead dwindle to 48-45 before Vasquez scored nine points in a 14-4 surge that made it 62-49 with 9 minutes left. Then, after the Seminoles (13-3, 1-1) closed to 72-66, Vasquez drilled a 3-pointer with 2:23 remaining to all but seal the victory.