Heels Dismantle Terps

The Terps were overmatched on Wednesday when they faced the North Carolina Tarheels.

The Terps were lucky they weren't completely run off the court in the first half on Wednesday, as a subpar performance by Carolina kept Maryland within a respectable distance.

Maryland managed only two field goals in the opening five minutes, which was dominated by the Heels' big men. Tyler Zeller, playing in his last game at the Dean Dome, dominated the half, registering 15 points, five rebounds and three blocks before the break.

Terrell Stoglin struggled in the half, shooting 3-of-10 from the field and netting 10 points while his backcourt counterpart, Nick Faust, had an impressive showing with 7 points.

Maryland had little to no answer for the Heels' frontcourt, which dominated the half. Forward John Henson chipped in with 10 points and four rebounds and Reggie Bullock added seven points and four rebounds. Of the 21 first half rebounds for Carolina, nine were on the offensive glass.

Much of Maryland's focus on transition defense went to waste in the half, as 11 turnovers led to numerous open court dunks for the No. 6 team in the nation. The Terps seemed sluggish and were very streaky in their shooting, missing a number of opportunities to jump back into the game.

Somehow, Maryland was able to scrap together a small run late in the half, going into the break trailing 36-25.

Whatever the Heels were missing in the first half, they definitely had for the final 20 minutes.

The Terps came out with a bit of pep in their step to start the second half, stringing together a few baskets to get as close as 36-30. However, the Maryland frontcourt was forced to play timidly due to rampant foul trouble.

Shortly after Mark Turgeon picked up a technical foul at the 11:44 mark with the Terps trailing 53-42, Alex Len picked up his fourth foul with 11:16 remaining. At that point, Len had four fouls, Berend Weijs had four and Ashton Pankey had four. Less than a minute later, Pankey exited the game with his fifth foul.

Amid all the Maryland foul trouble, Carolina went on a 12-0 run in just under three minutes to widen their lead to 65-42 with 9:05 remaining.

The Heels, particularly Zeller, dominated the remainder of the game. As the senior center headed to the bench with 6:39 remaining and his team leading 74-63, Zeller already had 30 point and eight rebounds.

As the walk-on show began, Maryland began to whittle at the lead before ultimately falling, 88-64.

Despite the all-around drubbing in Chapel Hill, there were a few bright spots for Maryland. Faust continued his impressive streak, finishing the game with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists. James Padgett also played well, contributing 13 points and 13 boards. Stoglin ended the game with 16 points on 4-of-18 shooting from the field.

As a team, the Terps shot 36.5 percent (23-of-63) from the floor and 25 percent (5-of-20) from long-range. In terms of free throw shooting, Zeller alone outshot the entire Maryland team. The Carolina center was 20-of-23 from the line, where the Terps went 13-of-21 (61.9 percent). The Heels were 27-of-33 (81.8 percent) from the line.

Maryland will close out their regular season against No. 25 Virginia at home on Sunday. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. and the game will be televised on the ACC Network.

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