Men's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, February 27

Feb. 27, 2011

North Carolina Ties For Top Conference Spot With 87-76 Win Over Maryland

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Tyler Zeller scored 25 points while freshman Harrison Barnes had 21 to help No. 19 North Carolina beat Maryland 87-76 on Sunday night, pulling the Tar Heels into a tie with Duke atop the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Leslie McDonald added 15 points off the bench to break out of a recent shooting slump for the Tar Heels (22-6, 12-2), who led the entire night for their 15th win in 17 games. John Henson added 10 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots as they made up for a shaky shooting night with a balanced scoring effort to go with a strong showing on the boards.

Freshman Terrell Stoglin scored a season-high 28 points to lead the Terrapins (18-11, 7-7), while Jordan Williams had 16 points and a career-high 19 rebounds before fouling out in the final minute. They got almost no help from their teammates, though, who combined for 32 points on 11-for-37 shooting.

The Tar Heels led by a dozen at halftime and never let the Terrapins seriously threaten.

Maryland closed within seven points before the Tar Heels ran off a 14-4 spurt, which included Kendall Marshall saving a ball by throwing it between Zeller's legs to Dexter Strickland, who found Barnes ahead for a layup midway through the second half.

Then, after jumpers from Barnes and Justin Knox, Zeller capped the run with a hook shot over Williams, followed by a transition layup off a perfect pass from Marshall to make it 68-51 with 10:35 left. Meanwhile, the Terrapins went cold at just the wrong time, going more than 4 minutes without a basket and committing a pair of turnovers that the Tar Heels converted into scores.