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March 8, 2012
ATLANTA (AP) - Terrell Stoglin scored 25 points, including nine straight in a decisive 20-4 run to open the second half, and Maryland ran past Wake Forest 82-60 on Thursday in the lopsided opening game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Wake Forest led 28-27 late in the first half before Stoglin's basket capped a 9-0 run that helped give Maryland a 36-31 lead at halftime. The Terrapins pulled away in the opening minutes of the second half.
Maryland (17-14) will play No. 1 seed North Carolina in Friday's first quarterfinal game. The Tar Heels swept two regular-season games against Maryland.
Stoglin, the ACC's leading scorer with his average of 21.2 points, had two 3-pointers and hit three free throws when fouled on another 3-point attempt in the 20-4 run, which gave the Terrapins a 56-35 lead.
Freshman Nick Faust had a career-high 19 points and James Padgett had 10 for Maryland, which led 79-50 before pulling its starters.
Stoglin had seven rebounds and four assists.
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After winning only four ACC games in the regular season, Wake Forest (13-18) finished a disappointing second season under coach Jeff Bzdelik.
Bzdelik called three timeouts in the first nine minutes of the second half but couldn't find a way to stop the Terrapins.
Travis McKie had 22 points to lead the Demon Deacons, who lacked balance in their scoring. Three players combined for all but eight points.
Nikita Mescheriakov had 16 points before fouling out with 7:12 remaining. C.J. Harris had 14 points.
Maryland is the only team other than Duke and North Carolina to win the tournament since 1997, but the Terrapins are a longshot as the No. 8 seed. The Terrapins won the 2004 tournament.
Harris had 13 points in the first half, including a late 3-pointer that ended the 9-0 run for Maryland.
Led by the super-quick and aggressive Stoglin, the Terrapins ran at every opportunity and had a 12-5 edge in fast-break points in the first half.
Wake Forest guard Tony Chennault fouled out with 5:57 remaining. He did not score and was 0-for-6 from the field.
FANS' GUIDE TO THE ACC TOURNAMENT NOTES
MID-FIRST ROUND, MARCH 8, 2012
• Teams directed by first-year coaches were on the mark in both afternoon games, winning for Maryland’s Mark Turgeon and NC State’s Mark Gottfried. First-year coaches Steve Donahue of Boston College and Brad Brownell of Clemson won in their ACC Tournament debuts in 2011.
• Maryland’s 22-point margin of victory against Wake Forest was its largest in an ACC Tournament game since defeating Florida State by 26, 85-59, in the 2002 quarterfinals.
• Terrell Stoglin’s 25 points against Wake were the most by a Maryland player in an ACC Tournament since John Gilchrist had 26 and Jamar Smith had 25 as the Terrapins beat Duke to win the 2004 championship.
• Top seed North Carolina and No.8 Maryland will meet in tomorrow’s first quarterfinal. The Tar Heels won both of the teams’ previous meetings this season. In third games against an opponent during the post-round robin era, UNC is 4-0 in the ACC Tournament.
• The eighth seed has won twice against the No. 1 seed – Maryland upset NC State in 1989 at The Omni and NC State beat Duke in Greensboro in 1997.
• NC State is 12-2 against Virginia in the ACC Tournament. Their two most recent games came in the 2007 and 2002 quarterfinals. The Wolfpack won both times and ultimately advanced to the championship contest. UVa last beat NC State in the 1986 quarterfinals.
• NC State and Virginia, opponents in tomorrow’s second quarterfinal, met once previously in 2012. The Cavaliers won at Raleigh, 61-60. Guard Lorenzo Brown’s 3-point try from the right wing missed at the buzzer after UVa big man Akil Mitchell forced him to go wide rather than penetrate. “My heart aches for my guys,” Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried said afterward. The Pack’s Richard Howell had 18 rebounds in that game, a career high. His total tied UNC’s Tyler Zeller for second-most in the ACC this season, after the 22 by Duke’s Miles Plumlee against Maryland.
• Wake Forest’s 84-62 loss to Maryland was its largest margin of defeat in an ACC Tournament game since 1989. That year the Demon Deacons lost to Duke by 24 points, 88-64, in a quarterfinal at The Omni in Atlanta.
• Wake has lost six straight ACC Tournament games. That ties it with Duke (1972-77) for the eighth-longest run of defeats in the history of the event. The school record is seven straight losses from 1987 through 1993.