After falling behind 19-3 out of the gate, Maryland was able to rally back into Tuesday night’s contest against North Carolina. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as the Terrapins fell in their final game in Chapel Hill 75-63.
In the end, it was too much Marcus Paige for Maryland to handle. The Tar Heel guard torched the Terps to the tune of 25 points and seven assists. He hit a pair of clutch threes in the final 10 minutes, including one in which he was fouled by guard Seth Allen.
The game didn’t get off to a great start as North Carolina connected on seven of their first eight shots.
Maryland did cut the deficit to three at 24-21 on a jumper by forward Charles Mitchell with 7:27 remaining in the first half. The Terps went cold for the remainder of the half as the Tar Heels outscored Maryland 15-6.
For much of the second half, the North Carolina lead stayed at about eight to 10 points. Maryland was able to cut the lead to six at 58-52 on a Dez Wells jumper with 8:06 left.
Unfortunately for Maryland, Paige caught fire and scored nine of his 25 points in the final eight minutes.
It wasn’t a bad performance for the Terps despite the poor start. The defensive effort was something to be encouraged by.
Maryland is back on the court on Saturday evening when they host Florida State.