North Carolina brought their "A" game from the beginning against Maryland on Saturday, playing the best game of the season in route to a 62-52 victory against the Terps.
Bringing defensive intensity, particularly on the perimeter, North Carolina opened up a 42-20 halftime lead before Maryland rallied in the second half.
Reggie Bullock came out of the gate on fire, knocking down a variety of shots including 4 three pointers. Bullock racked up 21 first half points, finishing with 24 on the game.
But it was the defense that opened up Carolina's offense giving them a number of transition opportunities. The Tar Heels had 11 steals in the game, most of which came in the first half when they built their sizable lead. Carolina scored 14 points off of Maryland turnovers.
James Michael McAdoo finished with a double-double in the game with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Marcus Paige had a steady game at point guard with 6 assists and 0 turnovers. Dexter Strickland had 4 of Carolina's 11 steals.
Coach Williams summed up the Tar Heels performance, “It was pretty, It was North Carolina basketball.”
Dez Wells had 21 points for Maryland in the loss.
This game pitted the two top rebounding teams in the Country. The Terps who are tops in that category had the edge on the boards 39-33.
North Carolina won their second conference game in a row following last week's road victory at Florida State. They even their conference record at 2-2 with the victory and move to 12-5 overall.
Carolina hosts Georgia Tech on Wednesday before a big road game at N.C. State.