The Washington Times - February 21, 2009, 04:19PM

There’s two truly remarkable things that were seen in the first half.

First of all, Greivis Vasquez single-handedly kept Maryland in the game in the first seven minutes. The junior scored the first 16 points, which may well be a school record for most consecutive points by a single player. It certainly wouldn’t be a surprise.

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There’s also been the most egregious flop in the game’s history. With all respect to Eric Hayes, I have a hard time seeing him knocking over Tyler Hansbrough in a blatant charging situation, let alone a dubious one. Psycho T certainly deserves an Oscar of his own this weekend.

Anyway, the Terps kept it close for a while. But Vasquez wasn’t going to score 70 points, and Ty Lawson wasn’t going to be quiet all day. And sure enough, the Tar Heels gradually pushed their lead into double figures in the final 10 minutes before Cliff Tucker’s late 3-pointer.

Hansbrough has only six points, so mission accomplished in terms of not letting him kill Maryland. But Carolina’s really good, and it has found ways to do what is necessary to build a decent lead even without him.

– Patrick Stevens