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UNC holds off Maryland

AMERICAN BASKETBALL Both teams struggled at the outset, but the Tar Heels had balanced scoring and a stifling defense in the second half to shut down the Tarps

AP , COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND

Reyshawn Terry, right, of the North Carolina Tar Heels dunks past teammate Tyler Hansbrough, left, and Travis Garrison of the Maryland Terrapins during second-half action at Comcast Center in College Park, Maryland, on Thursday. UNC defeated Maryland 77-62.

PHOTO: AFP

Reyshawn Terry scored 20 points, David Noel had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and North Carolina used a relentless defense to shut down Maryland 77-62 on Thursday night.

Tyler Hansbrough had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Tar Heels (13-5, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who limited Maryland to 22 points in the second half.

Terry scored seven points during an 11-2 run that gave the defending national champions a 57-48 lead with 8:18 remaining. After Maryland closed to 57-54, a dunk by Terry, a 3-pointer by Danny Green and a basket by Hansbrough pushed the margin to 10.

Nik Caner-Medley scored 15 points for the Terrapins (14-6, 4-3), who came in averaging an ACC-best 82.7 points per game. Maryland shot only 35 percent from the floor and went 3-for-16 from 3-point range.

The loss stalled Gary Williams' bid to supplant Lefty Driesell as Maryland's winningest coach. Williams has been tied with Driesell at 348 wins since Jan. 25.

D.J. Strawberry, who was held scoreless Saturday in a loss at Temple, rebounded with 14 points against the Tar Heels. But all those points came in the first half.

North Carolina started the second half with an 8-2 run to take a 46-42, but two straight baskets by Caner-Medley tied it with 15:20 to go. Neither team scored again until Terry hit a 3-pointer with 13 minutes left, and the junior forward added a follow-shot to give the Tar Heels a five-point lead.

After Will Bowers scored for Maryland, Hansbrough made a tough layup in traffic, Terry hit a baseline jumper and Noel soared in for a dunk that made it 57-48.

Noel scored 15, Strawberry had 14, and a first half that featured nine lead-changes and four ties ended with the Terrapins up 40-38.

Both teams struggled at the outset. Maryland missed nine of 11 shots, but remained close because the Tar Heels committed five turnovers and made only two baskets over that span.

Mike Jones and Strawberry then hit successive 3-pointers in a 9-0 run that put the Terrapins up 14-8. With 12 minutes gone, North Carolina trailed 20-17 despite averaging a turnover a minute.

It was 28-25 before Hansbrough hit a baseline jumper, his first points of the game. Noel followed with a 3-pointer and Quentin Thomas added a layup to put the Tar Heels ahead by four.

Yao Ming edged Kobe Bryant as the top votegetter in fan balloting for the 55th NBA All-Star game, and Shaquille O'Neal became the fifth player in league history to earn 13 consecutive selections for the midseason showcase.

Yao and Tracy McGrady give the host Houston Rockets two starters in the Feb. 19 game. They were joined on the Western Conference squad by Bryant, San Antonio's Tim Duncan and reigning league MVP Steve Nash of Phoenix -- who will be a first-time All-Star starter.

Cleveland's LeBron James was the top Eastern Conference votegetter, edging O'Neal by 15,155 votes. It's the second straight All-Star trip for James, who says he's still drawing motivation from being snubbed during his rookie season.

"What happened two years ago, that really motivated me to come out and play even harder," James said.

Added Cleveland coach Mike Brown: "It's an honor to be around him, it's an honor to work with him and I'm excited for him and his family because he definitely deserves it."

Philadelphia's Allen Iverson, Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal and first-time All-Star starter Dwyane Wade of Miami rounded out the East's starting five.

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