CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Raymond Felton ignited a first-half run that helped North Carolina turn the tables against Maryland and extend a long streak.
Felton had 12 points, four rebounds and three assists in the opening 20 minutes and drained 2-of-3 from the arc as No. 4 North Carolina routed 21st-ranked Maryland, 109-75, in an Atlantic Coast Conference contest.
"Felton's good." Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "He didn't have a great game down here last year, and I think he remembered that and wanted to play well which he did."
The Terrapins had won five of the last seven games in this series, including two of the last three in Chapel Hill. With the victory, the Tar Heels extended their winning streak to 13, their longest since the Heels ripped off 18 in the 2000-01 season.
"It (the lopsided win) shows that we are not a team to be taken lightly," North Carolina forward David Noel said. "I think us winning this game the way we did just shows that we are ready to play in the ACC season and everybody that comes in or has us on their schedule has to be ready to play us."
In a game that featured two of the three highest scoring teams in the nation, North Carolina out-ran Maryland, scoring from the arc and on the inside with some nifty passing. The Tar Heels topped the 100-point mark for the third straight game and fifth time this season. They also handed the Terrapins their worst ACC loss since the Tar Heels pasted them, 102-66, on March 2, The 109 points are the most Carolina has ever scored against Maryland and the most the Terps have allowed since a 114-91 loss to North Carolina State on February 27, 1991.
"I didn't expect it (a big loss) today, but when the other team does everything better than you did that's a possibility and that's what happened today," Williams said. "You have to move on quickly from something like this because you play Tuesday night at Wake Forest. Hopefully, we'll play better. You have to be tough enough to get up when it comes time to play Tuesday night."
The Tar Heels, who lead the nation at 93 points per game, closed the half with a 23-5 run, including 15 straight points, to lead, 47-34. Felton, Reyshawn Terry, Noel and Jawad Williams hit 3-pointers during the burst. McCants fed Felton for an alley-oop layup and Felton dished to Marvin and Jawad Williams for dunks. Carolina shot 58 percent (18-of-31) in the half, while Maryland started 12-of-18 but finished 1-of-12.
"I'm extremely impressed with my team," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. "At the same time, I was very disappointed with the 6 to 10 minutes in the first half. It only cost us one clipboard, though, so I guess we can afford that. After that, I thought we were really good."
McCants scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half, and seven players scored in double figures for the first time since a 1989 win against Kentucky. The Tar Heels survived despite 24 turnovers by shooting 57 percent (39-of-69).
"When you look down (at our stats) and see seven guys in double figures, you love that," Roy Williams said. "I've always felt that's the most difficult kind of team to play against."
Maryland, third in the nation in scoring at 88 points, took a 29-24 lead on a jumper by John Gilchrist with just over nine minutes to play in the first half but collected just one basket the rest of the half as North Carolina took over.
North Carolina (13-1, 2-0 ACC) then opened the second half with four three-point plays, including two by Jackie Manuel, and a 3-pointer by McCants to expand the lead to 62-41 just over three minutes into the second half. A dunk by Terry with three minutes left gave North Carolina its biggest lead at 107-65.
Gilchrist, who had scored 20 points in five of his last six games, made four of his first five shots in the first 11 minutes, but had just one basket the rest of the way for Maryland (9-3, 1-1), which shot just 38 percent (27-of-71), and was outrebounded, 36-19.
"We just wanted to stop Gilchrist from penetrating because he broke us down at the beginning and got other guys open shots," Noel said.
Travis Garrison and Chris McCray scored 13 points apiece for the Terrapins, who had their five-game win streak snapped.