The hot Maryland Terrapins hosted the scuffling North Carolina Tar Heels in a game completing each team’s first half of conference games. For the Terps, it was successful, the Tar Heels, however, have ended up on the wrong end of the scoreboard six times.

Maryland took a 7-6 lead and never looked back against North Carolina on Sunday afternoon. Greivis Vasquez had his moments of bad plays, but he played very well, scoring 23 and assisted on 11 other made baskets. Vasquez outplayed Tar Heels’ Larry Drew II, schooling the sophomore on numerous occasions.

Also chipping for Maryland were guards Eric Hayes and Sean Mosley and centers Jordan Williams and James Padgett. Williams didn’t score in double figures, or get double digit rebounds, but his defense helped slow down North Carolina’s post players all game long.  The other big man that helped out in a big way was Dino Gregory.

This win was a total team effort that moved the Terps to 16-6 overall and 6-2 in the ACC. With their 6-2 record, they are in second place all by themselves. Maryland keeps getting closer to cementing not only a bye in the ACC tournament, but an NCAA tournament berth. North Carolina, on the other hand, is now 13-10 and 2-6 in the ACC holding down 10th place. The Maryland fans were letting the Heels know about it with chants of “N-I-T” for much of the second half.

Up next for Maryland is a home game against Virginia and then a road game against Duke. Both games are huge as both against rival teams. A split woud be nice, but a sweep would put Maryland in control of the ACC with six games to go.