Heels Win in Gritty Effort
North Carolina found themselves in a battle against Maryland on Saturday at College Park, but found a way to battle back and win 83-74.
Trailing a good portion of the game, Tyler Zeller and the Tar Heels seemed to wear down Maryland late in the game to move to 7-1 in the conference and 20-3 overall. Next up is Duke, and going into Saturdays game, the elements were there for this to be a trap game, which made the win and the way they gutted things out even more impressive.
Tyler Zeller was the rock again going for 22 points and 7 rebounds. After a sluggish start, John Henson finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds and it was a gimpy Harrison Barnes making all of the big shots down the stretch, finishing with 18 points. Once again, Kendall Marshall dished out the assists, finishing with 16 in his homecoming. Marshall is from nearby Dunfries, Virginia.
The Terps led throughout the second half until Barnes nailed a three pointer to put the Tar Heels up 59-57 with 9:22 left in the game. They never trailed again, though Maryland hung around, keeping it close. But it was Barnes again with 1:06 left in the game with a jump shot to put North Carolina up by 6.
Terrell Stoglin led the Terps with 20 points as they fall to 13-9 and 3-5 in the ACC.
We will have to keep our eyes on Harrison Barnes who came up gimpy again in this game. He was questionable going into the game with an ankle injury. He went 5-15 from the floor on Saturday and they will need him on Wednesday when they face the Blue Devils.
(Photo of Harrison Barnes courtesy of Nick Wass / AP)