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Henson-less Heels cruise past Terps

Round 1 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final Semifinals Quarterfinals Round 1
Thursday Friday Today Sunday Today Friday Thursday
1 UNC 85 2 Duke 60
8 Md. 82 1 UNC 2 Duke 7 Clemson 63
8 Maryland 69 10 Va. Tech 56
9 Wake 60 10 Va. Tech 68
1, Ch. 44 1, Ch. 44 3, Ch. 44
5 N.C. St. 78 6 Miami 54
5 N.C. St. 67 6 Miami 71
12 BC 57 5 N.C. State 3 FSU 11 Ga. Tech 36
4 Virginia 64 3 FSU 82

ATLANTA — With John Henson cheering from the bench, an ice pack on his ailing left wrist, North Carolina showed just how deep its talent runs.

The No. 4 Tar Heels didn't even need their best defensive player and rebounder as they beat Maryland 85-69 in the ACC quarterfinals on Friday.

North Carolina (28-4) simply had too many weapons for Maryland (17-15), which got 30 points from Terrell Stoglin but no more than 11 from any one else.

"The bench players came in and gave us a lot," said Reggie Bullock, who scored 15.

Henson went down early when he was fouled driving to the basket. The graduate of Tampa's Sickles High flexed the wrist repeatedly then came out of the game with 13:51 left. He went to the locker room and returned to the court with 8:06 left. But he lasted less than a minute.

His status for today had not been determined, though coach Roy Williams said nothing appeared to be broken.

Kendall Marshall knew he had to step up after Henson left.

"I didn't know how serious it was," said the guard, who had 13 points and 12 assists. "But when he started squirming for a long period of time, I thought it could be something kind of serious."

Marshall broke the ACC record for assists in a season. He has 311, passing the mark set by Georgia Tech's Craig Neal in 1987-88.

Bullock hit consecutive 3-pointers to start the second half, quickly extending a 10-point halftime lead to 42-26.

"My teammates believe in me to take shots and be able to knock down shots," Bullock said.

N.C. State 67, Virginia 64: C.J. Leslie had 19 points and 14 rebounds as the Wolfpack, which entered the tournament on the bubble, improved its resume. N.C. State (21-11) celebrated as if it had clinched a berth. "It was just beautiful at the moment," guard Lorenzo Brown said. Mike Scott had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavs (22-9), who haven't reached the semifinals of the tournament since 1995, the league's longest drought.

No. 6 Duke 60, Va. Tech 56: Freshman Austin Rivers helped the Blue Devils escape. Virginia Tech (16-17) trailed 55-51 in the final minute when Erick Green took off for the hoop. His shot ricocheted off the rim, and the ball was slapped the other way. Four players — two from each team — took off after the ball. Rivers got there first, drove, drew a foul and completed the three-point play with 15.1 seconds left. Tyler Thornton, who entered averaging 3.7 points, scored a career-high 13 for Duke (27-5). "That's the first sprint I've seen Austin win this year," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski joked. "I need to put a ball out in front of him, where he thinks he might score, when we do our sprints."

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