Tar Heels Topple Terrapins, 108-91
Wayne Ellington scored a season-high 34 points and No. 3 North Carolina hit a season-best 16 3-pointers in its sixth straight victory, a 108-91 rout of Maryland on Tuesday night.
Tyler Hansbrough had 24 points and Ty Lawson added 21 for the Tar Heels (20-2, 6-2). The Atlantic Coast Conference’s hottest team used some early long-distance touch to clinch their fifth 20-win season under Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams.
Danny Green finished with 16 points for North Carolina, which hit 11 of its first 14 attempts from behind the arc and finished one 3-pointer shy of the school record set against Florida State in 1995.
The Tar Heels shot 51.4 percent, hit the 100-point mark for the sixth time and snapped a two-game losing streak in the series with its first win against Maryland since 2006.
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Pack Breezes by NCCU in Non-Conference Finale
Last year, after a couple of week-long layoffs, the NC State men’s basketball team returned to action with a sluggish demeanor head coach Sidney Lowe did not like.
So he made sure this year’s schedule didn’t have any long layoffs in January and February, which is why the Wolfpack played a mid-week game against North Carolina Central Tuesday night at the RBC Center, between Saturday ACC contests.
The Wolfpack opened the game with that same sluggishness, falling behind 10-2 as the Eagles reeled off 10 unanswered points. But after Lowe called a 30-second timeout three and a half minutes into the game, the Wolfpack revved up its engines and reeled off 11 unanswered points.
Lowe’s team never trailed again, whipping the Eagles, 87-59.