Marcus Paige comes through for UNC in crunch timeOn Tuesday night, after North Carolina's 75-63 win against Maryland, Paige entered the lounge, saw the crush of media standing in his familiar corner and looked concerned. "Oh no," said Paige, assuming by the crowd of reporters that someone else had set up shop in his spot. But quickly he realized that it was for him. Much like his team during a tight second half, the media needed him to do some work. (Fayetteville Observer)
Brice Johnson breaks out in UNC's win over MarylandDuring North Carolina’s practice on Monday, sophomore Brice Johnson was everywhere. He was active on defense, communicating and sliding his feet and blocking shots. He boxed out and chased every rebound as if a Final Four was on the line. “He had the best practice of his entire life yesterday,” coach Roy Williams said following the Tar Heels’ 75-63 win against Maryland on Tuesday. (Carolina Blue)
Video: Brice Johnson Post-Maryland InterviewNorth Carolina forward Brice Johnson talks with Jones Angell about the Tar Heels' win against Maryland in which Johnson scored 19 points.
Confidence restored in CarolinaNorth Carolina got the sorely-needed confidence boost after the sluggish start to conference play, capped off with Tuesday’s 75-63 win over Maryland. The Tar Heels now own a four-game winning streak -- their longest of the season -- and are above .500 in league play for the first time. “We’ve definitely hit our stride,” said sophomore guard Marcus Paige. (ESPN.com)
A Half of Runs in UNC's Win Over MarylandThe first half of North Carolina’s 75-63 win over Maryland can be broken down into three distinct phases in which one team outplayed the other. The Tar Heels won the best-of-three format to take a 39-27 lead into halftime. UNC turned in its best start of the ACC season by jumping out to a 19-3 lead with 15:00 left on the clock. (Inside Carolina)
Tar Heels say sayonara to Terps at Dean Dome with winMaryland was making its final appearance in the Smith Center as a member of the ACC, and North Carolina provided plenty of parting shots. Marcus Paige scored 16 of his 25 points in the final ten minutes — including the team’s first four-point play in seven years — and and Brice Johnson (19 points) made all eight of his shots as the Tar Heels defeated the Terrapins 75-63 Tuesday night. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Lucas: End Of An EraI'm just going to go ahead and say this very quietly: I miss Maryland. The Terps came to Chapel Hill Tuesday night for what is likely the last time for a very long time. They left, as they so often have, with a loss, taking a 75-63 defeat that means Carolina ends the series having won 81 percent of the games played in Chapel Hill and 70 percent of the games overall. (GoHeels.com)
Recap & Analysis: UNC 75 Maryland 63The big takeaway from this game is how UNC responded when they were repeatedly pushed by Maryland. This was a tough, physical game in many ways and every time Maryland drew close, UNC found a way to answer the call. Also of note is UNC controlling the boards in the second half. (Tar Heel Blog)
Roy Williams Post-Maryland QuotesRoy Williams opening statement: "The game was really a lot of fun in the first four or five minutes. After that, it got to be a lot like work. The first four or five minutes were a lot of fun, but then you have to congratulate Maryland because they were playing basketball. They didn’t think the game was over; they kept playing. They got it down to three a couple times in the first half." (Carolina Blue)
UNC-Maryland Postgame NotesCarolina leads the series with Maryland, 122-57, including wins in 14 of the last 18 matchups. The Tar Heels are 58-17 against Maryland in Chapel Hill, including 19-8 in the Smith Center. Roy Williams is now 14-5 vs. Maryland while at UNC and 14-7 vs. the Terps overall. Carolina did not allow an offensive rebound in the second half. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Roy Williams Post-Maryland Press ConferenceNorth Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams discusses the Tar Heels' performance in a 75-63 win over Maryland on February 4, 2014.
Video: North Carolina-Maryland Game HighlightsView complete game highlights from North Carolina's 75-63 win over Maryland Tuesday in Chapel Hill.
North Carolina beats Maryland 75-63Marcus Paige scored 25 points to help North Carolina beat Maryland 75-63 on Tuesday night, extending its winning streak to a season-best four games. Brice Johnson added 19 points on 8-for-8 shooting off the bench for the Tar Heels (15-7, 5-4 ACC), who jumped to a 16-point lead in the game's opening minutes and led the entire way. (ESPN.com)
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - MarylandAnother terrific second half for Marcus Paige, as the sophomore shot 5-for-8 in the final 20 minutes after hitting just 1-for-5 in the first half. Paige finished with 25 points and also found time to distribute seven assists. He also carried much of the free throw load late when the Terps were trying to foul and make a comeback. (GoHeels.com)
Terps can't catch up in final regular season ACC game vs. North CarolinaThe Terps entered Tuesday night’s game believing there could be no better occasion than in their farewell to the proud Dean Smith Center, a light-blue nightmare for visitors in which Maryland had lost seven of its previous eight games. But rather than securing a foothold on the season, the foul-plagued Terps slipped again on the road, falling 75-63 to North Carolina. (Baltimore Sun)
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