Maryland's effort against North Carolina ended with a loss -- and also with an end-of-game play by the Heels that Maryland did not appreciate.
North Carolina was leading by seven points when John Henson dunked emphatically with one second to go. The Tar Heels could have dribbled out the clock. Henson's basket made the final margin 83-74.
"I didn't like the dunk," said Maryland coach Mark Turgeon, who spoke with North Carolina coach Roy Williams after the game. "Coach (Williams) knows that."
Turgeon is a former Kansas assistant under Williams. Turgeon refers to Williams as a mentor.
Maryland guard Terrell Stoglin said of the dunk: "I felt it was a bad play, personally." Many Maryland fans inside the amped-up Comcast Center booed the dunk.
Williams said afterward that he also wished Henson had not dunked. "It's not a big deal - they're kids. I probably would have liked it better if John hadn't gone in and dunked it. The guy was trying to block his shot. If they were standing out at the center line I would have really been disappointed at John. That's because of my feelings for Turge that I didn't want it to end like that."
Another awkward moment: A fan yelled an expletive at the Tar Heels during the National Anthem. Many Maryland fans booed the guy who had yelled. Roy Williams said he learned later that the offending fan had been escorted from the building.
Turgeon devoted much of his postgame media availability to talking about rebounding. The Tar Heels had 19 offensive rebounds and 18 second-chance points compared to Maryland's 13 and 12.
Part of Maryland's problem was simply the size of Tyler Zeller and John Henson, who are big and athletic enough to leap over smaller defenders even when not perfectly positioned.
But Turgeon said the Terps didn't do enough to minimize Carolina's rebounding advantage by boxing out effectively.
Consider this sequence:
Maryland trailed just 72-69 when Zeller missed a shot with 2:37 left. Carolina got an offensive rebound. Then it got another. Then another. Then Henson hit a shot to put the Heels up by five.
"It's really simple. I've never had more trouble getting a team to be more physical on box-outs. Some of it is going to be their length, but a lot of it is going to be us not competing on the glass when we needed to compete.," Turgeon said.
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