The North Carolina Tar Heels got a big home ACC win Tuesday night, beating the Maryland Terrapins 75-63. The win moved the Heels’s ACC record to a winning one, going to 5-4 on the season. The Tar Heels also have an impressive four game win streak in the ACC following a rough 1-4 start.
UNC got off to a really fast start in the game, going up 17-3 early in the contest. The fast start was fueled by James Michael McAdoo, who would finish with 12 points, most of which came in that intial spurt for the Tar Heels. But the Terps hung around, fighting back from those early troubles to cut the lead to 12 at the half.
In the second half, UNC couldn’t seem to put Maryland away until the very end. Marcus Paige hit some big shots and scored a majority of his 25 points in the second period to put the Heels on top in the end. Paige ended up scoring 18 of the Tar Heels 36 second half points. Paige also finished with seven assists and nine made free throws on the excellent scoring night.
Maryland shot under 40% from the field, finishing 22-56 for 39.3% shooting. The Terps were led by guard Dez Wells, who finished with 18 points and four boards. Forward Evan Smotrycz added in 14 points and guard Seth Allen chipped in 11 for Maryland in a losing effort.
For the Tar Heels, it was Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson leading the way. Johnson had 19 points off the bench while going a perfect 8-8 from the field. UNC’s struggles at the free throw line reemerged, however, as the Tar Heels barely cracked 50% from the line. 19-37 isn’t going to cut it when the Tar Heels take on Duke next week.
Overall, it was a solid win for Carolina, especially coming off short rest from the NC State game Saturday. UNC will have some time to rest up before new ACC member Notre Dame hosts the Heels.