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Off the cuff: UNC coach Roy Williams should have saved the "f word" for this game at Maryland.

Other than the game at Duke, Carolina hasn't really been closing out games well lately, whether it's the third team or the first team in the game. As good as Ty Lawson is, could you imagine Phil Ford allowing the opponent to come from nine points down in a minute and a half - shot clock or no shot clock?

Bobby Frasor had three open three-point shots and missed them all. His rebounding was impressive, especially for a guard. He finished with seven rebounds.

The Tar Heels now have as many losses as they had all of last year. That means in order to be considered a better team, they pretty much have to win the national championship. Regardless of how good a team is, a lot of good fortune goes into making it to the Final Four and winning it.

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Terrapins 88, Heels 85
UNC blows 16-point lead to lose in OT

Ahead 52-36 with 14 minutes to play, UNC went cold and struggled in just about every aspect of the game to fall at Maryland 88-85 in overtime. (2/21)

The Tar Heels even led by nine points at 76-67 with 1:50 to go but didn't take care of the ball or kill clock. "We turned it over three times in a row," UNC coach Roy Williams said. "We haven't done that all season but we did today."

Terrapin Greivis Vasquez, who had a career day, scored with nine seconds left in regulation and then drilled two three-pointers in overtime to win it.

Vasquez finished with a career-high 35 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to become only the third player in Maryland history to record a triple double.

In command at the half 39-30, Carolina went cold offensively and couldn't stop the Terps defensively. The Heels shot just 35 percent in the second half while the Terrapins blazed the nets at 61.5 percent, including 58 percent from three-point range. Maryland's Cliff Tucker came off the bench to hit five of seven three pointers on the way to his season-high 22 points.

Ty Lawson led five Tar Heels in double figures with 24 points but he had only two assists and four turnovers - the first time this season he's had more turnovers than assists. His questionable decisions down the stretch in regulation hurt the Heels. First, he put up a quick shot which he missed with just over two minutes to play and then, he pushed toward the basket on a fastbreak with 1:18 to go and a four-point lead rather than burning clock. As a result, Hansbrough charged, giving the ball back to Maryland.

In overtime, a three-pointer by Vasquez broke an 81-81 tie with 1:12 to go to make it 84-81 and the Terrapins never trailed again. The Heels had the ball with less than five seconds left but could not get off a shot.

Danny Green, who fouled out, had 18 points while Wayne Ellington scored 14. However, the two combined for just two of 10 from behind the arc. Deon Thompson scored 13 points and Tyler Hansbrough scored 11, hitting just a third of his shots. Carolina only got five points from its bench.

Carolina falls to 24-3 and 10-3 in the conference while Maryland improves to 17-9 and 6-6 in the league.


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