Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 3/9/12
ATLANTA (AP) -- North Carolina shook off an injury to defensive ace John Henson and pulled away from Maryland in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, winning 85-69 Friday behind the playmaking of Kendall Marshall -- with plenty of help from his healthy teammates. Reggie Bullock hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start the second half, quickly extending a 10-point halftime lead to 42-26. Behind 30 points from Terrell Stoglin, the Terrapins sliced the deficit down to seven points a couple of times before the fourth-ranked Tar Heels pulled away again. North Carolina (28-4) simply had too many weapons for Maryland (17-15), which was essentially a one-man show. Marshall was called for carrying the ball early in the second half -- stunningly, the first time all season the point guard who has the ball in his hands so much of the time had been whistled for palming or traveling. The Tar Heels could overlook that mistake. Marshall scored 13 points, knocking down three attempts from 3-point range, and had North Carolina putting on a dunking show at the rim with 12 assists. North Carolina advanced to face either North Carolina State or Virginia in the semifinals Saturday. It's not yet known if Henson will be available. The ACC's defensive player of the year went down hard when fouled driving to the basket early in the game, landing on his left wrist. He flexed it repeatedly and finally came out of the game with 13:51 left in the first half. After going off to the locker room to get checked out, he returned to the bench to big cheers from the largely pro-North Carolina crowd, his wrist heavily taped. There were more cheers when Henson returned to the court with 8:06 remaining. But he lasted less than a minute, coming out when it was apparent he couldn't play with his usual effectiveness. X-rays at halftime showed there was nothing broken, but Henson was done for the day. He watched the second half with an ice pack on his wrist, congratulating his teammates with his right hand only. There were plenty of kudos to go around. Bullock and Harrison Barnes finished with 15 points. Tyler Zeller chipped in with 14. So did James McAdoo, taking advantage of extra playing time with Henson sidelined. Stoglin, the ACC's leading scorer, started out strong by making his first four shots -- including a couple of 3s -- and three straight free throws. But when he went cold, missing his next five shots, Maryland's hopes faded away. Things got a bit chippy at the end. Maryland's Berend Weijs was called for a flagrant foul on McAdoo, who fell on his left hand. But he wasn't hurt as bad as Henson, staying in the game until coach Roy Williams cleared his bench in the final minutes.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Best athlete by state all time
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Yordano Ventura killed in car accident

Falcons benefit from questionable call after turnover

Report: Tomlin, Steelers fined Antonio Brown $10,000

Ten biggest winners and losers from NFL Championship Sunday

Luke Walton rips Lakers after 'embarrassing' 49-point loss

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Oregon firing OC David Reaves after DUI arrest

Report: Colts hired psychologists for Pagano-Grigson relationship

Report: Kelly a candidate to replace Shanahan as Falcons OC

Baron Davis blames Russia for Westbrook All-Star snub

Reason Jabari Parker was benched revealed

Sanders, Ware think Romo would be good fit for Broncos

Best of Yardbarker: Roger Goodell does what we all expected him to do

Eat, Drink, Watch for Jan. 20-22, 2017: Dips, rye, football and Death Race 2050

Box Score 1/20: 37 years ago today, Carter said no to Moscow

NFC & AFC Championship preview: We love scoring

Roger Goodell is a coward, but then we knew that

TailGreater: Picking the conference champions by their signature cocktails

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Ranking the top three conferences in college basketball

The NFC Championship’s two most important players

Eight bold predictions for second half of NBA season

Box Score 1/19: Happy anniversary to the 'Tuck Rule' game

Clarification Please: Why college basketball needs to ditch the possession arrow

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Roger Goodell does what we all expected him to do

Eat, Drink, Watch for Jan. 20-22, 2017: Dips, rye, football and Death Race 2050

QUIZ: Name the owners of these 50 famous NFL nicknames

NFC & AFC Championship preview: We love scoring

Roger Goodell is a coward, but then we knew that

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

TailGreater: Picking the conference champions by their signature cocktails

The 'What's a Romo worth these days anyway?' quiz

Clarification Please: Why college basketball needs to ditch the possession arrow

NBA hotline bling: Derrick Rose gets disconnected

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker