UNC-Maryland Postgame Notes

CHAPEL HILL – The Maryland Terrapins were too strong and too experienced for the North Carolina Tar Heels to overcome on Sunday night and fought off the scrappy home team, 92-77, before a sellout crowd of 18,751 at the Dean E. Smith Center.

Although announced a sellout, there were some 3,000 no-shows.

Here is a look at the game notes from UNC's school-record tying 15th loss in 21 games and its ninth defeat on 11 Atlantic Coast Conference games.

*UNC, now 6-15 overall and 2-9 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, tied a school record for most losses in a season. Only in the 1950-51 and 1951-52 seasons had the Heels lost as many games in a campaign.

*The loss also marks the most ever losses in a season in ACC play. Prior to this season Carolina had lost eight ACC games in a year just once, in 1963-64, Dean Smith's third year as Carolina's coach.

*The loss also added to UNC's record of home losses in a season, which now stands at eight. In fact, UNC hasn't won in Chapel Hill since a 96-62 drubbing of Texas A&M on Dec. 30. On the season, Carolina is 4-8 at the Dean Dome.

*With the loss the Tar Heels now lead the all-time series with Maryland, 107-50. UNC is now 11-6 against the Terrapins at the Dean Dome and is 50-15 against them all-time in Chapel Hill.

*UNC is now 1-10 in 2002.

*Former Tar Heel great Walter Davis was on hand at the Smith Center as part of FoxSPortsNet's broadcast team, which aired the game nationally. Davis, who ranks ninth in school history with 1,863 points, was the network's guest. Davis' jersey is honored in the rafter at the Smith Center as a member of the 1976 Gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic team, which was coached by Dean Smith. Davis was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1978 and was a five-time All-Star.

*Carolina's 30-66 effort from the field was good for 45.5 percent, its third best shooting effort in a loss. UNC shot 50% (22-44) in the loss to Duke and 47.1% (32-68) in the first loss to Maryland.

*Jason Capel's five points was his lowest total of the season and just the second time he finished a game in single digits. The only other time was in a nine-point effort in a home loss to Davidson.

*Jawad Williams' 11 rebounds was a season high. His highest total before tonight was eight, which he did twice, in losses at Connecticut and Georgia Tech.


Andrew Jones is in his sixth year covering football and basketball for Inside Carolina. He also in his fourth year as a copy editor and staff writer for the Wilmington Star-News and hosts a nightly radio show on WAAV-AM980 in Wilmington. He has also written for ACCNews and once published The College Game and the former Total Sports. He can be reached via e-mail at: AJWAAV@aol.com.


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