By Associated Press
Terrell Stoglin is a good start for Maryland’s rebuilding job.
He’ll need some help, though.
The leading scorer in the Atlantic Coast Conference had another big game Friday in the quarterfinals of the league tournament. But his 30-point performance wasn’t nearly enough against fourth-ranked North Carolina, which showed a lot more depth and balance in an 85-69 victory.
The Terrapins (17-15) blew out Wake Forest in the opening round, but their hopes of making an improbable run to the NCAAs came up well short in Mark Turgeon’s first season after taking over for longtime coach Gary Williams.
“We learned so much this year,” said Stoglin, a sophomore who averaged 27.5 points in the tournament. “We are a young team.”
North Carolina (28-4) simply had too many weapons for the Terrapins, who were essentially a one-man show. Only two other players were in double figures, led by Nick Faust with 11 points, and the big men were no match for the Tar Heels — even after ACC defensive player of the year John Henson went out with an injured wrist.
Freshman James Michael McAdoo stepped in and contributed 14 points and eight rebounds.
“Their length gives us problems,” Turgeon said. “I was disappointed we couldn’t score on McAdoo. I thought we could score on him. He is not 7 foot. Our guys were just out of it. Our post guys were just out of it.”
Still, the Terrapins feel they have the foundation for a bright future.
“It was a great run for us,” guard Sean Mosley said. “We matured during the season, and that’s the only thing you can ask for with a new coach, new coaching staff and new system. We responded in a positive way. We gave our all today, and that shows a lot.”
There’s still a lot catching-up to do. The Terrapins lost to North Carolina three times this season — by an average of more than 16 points a game.
Kendall Marshall gave Maryland fits with his dynamic playmaking. Reggie Bullock buried a couple of huge 3-pointers to get the rout going. Seven-footer Tyler Zeller dominated on the inside. Harrison Barnes showed off some NBA-caliber finishing moves.
The Tar Heels didn’t even need Henson, their leading rebounder. He played only 7 minutes after hurting his left wrist in the first half.
“The bench players came in and gave us a lot,” Bullock said. “Hopefully it continues until John gets back.”
Marshall was called for carrying the ball early in the second half — stunningly, the first time all season the point guard who has the ball in his hands so much of the time had been whistled for palming or traveling.
It was another signature performance in a stellar season for Marshall, who broke ACC record for assists in a season. He now has 311, surging past the mark set by Georgia Tech and Washington native Craig Neal in 1987-88.