Hansbrough,’Heels handle Maryland easily
Chapel Hill, NC (Sports Network) – Tyler Hansbrough tallied 21 points and
pulled down seven rebounds to lift 21st-ranked North Carolina to a 81-57
victory over the Maryland Terrapins at the Dean Smith Center.
Fellow freshman Marcus Ginyard contributed 12 points and senior David Noel
added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Tar Heels (19-6, 10-4 ACC), who
posted their fifth straight victory and remained on the inside track for the
second seed in the upcoming ACC tournament. North Carolina has a half-game
lead on North Carolina State and a one-game advantage over Boston College. The
Tar Heels swept the Wolfpack during the regular season.
Ekene Ibekwe led Maryland (16-11, 6-8) with 12 points and Mike Jones added 11
points and six boards in the loss. Nik Caner-Medley donated 10 points in the
Terrapins’ second straight defeat. Maryland has lost four of its last five
contests and fell to 1-7 in true road games, not a good sign for its fading
NCAA tournament hopes.
North Carolina scored the game’s first five points and led comfortably for
most of the opening half. A 9-0 burst pushed the Tar Heels to a 31-14 edge.
Little used Mike Copeland scored the first three points and Hansbrough scored
on consecutive three-point plays to make the score 31-14.
Maryland cut the deficit to a dozen, 34-22, on Jones’ mid-range jumper with
3:39 left in the half. North Carolina then tallied the final five points of
the half, capped by Noel’s two free throws, to push the Tar Heels’ advantage
The Terrapins gallantly fought back with a 7-0 scoring stretch that brought
the game within reach at 46-35. Travis Garrison and James Gist ended the spurt
with baskets in the paint and Caner-Medley had an opportunity to cut the
deficit to single digits but he missed an open jumper with 13:57 remaining.
North Carolina slowly reasserted itself as the minutes ticked away in the
second half. Wes Miller’s three gave UNC a 61-42 lead and Hansbrough’s basket
with 6:25 on the clock handed the Heels a 70-48 edge.
The play illustrated Hansbrough’s versatility, as the big man faced the
basket, gave a ball fake to drive baseline and used the basket as a shield to
convert a reverse layup.
The Tar Heels cruised to victory from there.
North Carolina holds a 113-53 edge in the all-time series…UNC won the first
matchup this season, 77-62, in College Park…The Terrapins shot just 28
percent from the floor…North Carolina made 41 percent of its shots and held
a 54-45 edge on the glass.