Coming off their most thrilling win of the season, the Maryland Terrapins were on the road in North Carolina. The Terps turned the ball over 15 times in the first half and trailed by 22 at halftime on their way to a 62-52 loss. The Terps rallied in the second half, but 21 turnovers proved to be too much to overcome.
Sophomore Dez Wells was the lone bright spot for the Terps, leading the team with 21 points. Alex Len was the only other Terp in double figures, scoring 10 points and grabbing five rebounds. Maryland had virtually no production from their starting guards. Sophomore Nick Faust and freshman Seth Allen combined to shoot a dismal 17.6% from the field, scoring just 8 points. Charles Mitchell had 9 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for the Terps. Junior Pe'Shon Howard continues to struggle, turning the ball over seven times while scoring no points and not recording a single assist.
The Terps had a terrible first half, turning the ball over 15 times. In the first three minutes of the game, the Terps turned the ball over five times (by five different players) and trailed 8-0. It didn't get any better for the Terps in the first half. Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon's five-man lineup change around the 16-minutes mark couldn't provide a spark for his team. North Carolina's Reggie Bullock outscored Maryland in the first half 21-20.
After turning the ball over on their first possession of the second half, the Terps started playing much better on both offense and defense. They were able to cut the deficit to 11 with 4:02 remaining in the game when Dez Wells made a layup. But turnovers and missed shots continued to plague the Terps. They were able to pull within 10, but that wasn't until 42 seconds remained in the game. By then, it was too late to finish the comeback. Maryland turned the ball over just 6 times in he second half, but they all came in crucial situations. Though they outscored UNC 32-20 in the seconds half, the 22-point first half deficit was too much to overcome.
Maryland ended up shooting at a higher percentage from the field (39.6%) than the Tar Heels (35.4%). The Terps also won the rebounding battle 39-33. However UNC made five 3-pointers to Maryland's one and pulled down 14 offensive rebounds.
North Carolina's Reggie Bullock scored 21 of his career-high 24 points in the first half. James Michael McAdoo recorded his first double-double since December 1st, scoring 19 points and grabbing eleven rebounds. No other Tar Heel had more than 6 points.
With the loss, the Terps fall to 14-4 (2-3 ACC) on the season. North Carolina improves their record to 12-5 (2-2 ACC). The Terrapins return home to face the Boston College Eagles (9-8, 1-3 ACC) Tuesday, in College Park, MD. Tip off is scheduled for 9 p.m.