“I was more of a passive person at the beginning of the season,” Faust said. “Toward the end of the season I started to mature. I had no choice. I had to do well for the team. It’s turning out good for the team.”
Stoglin, a sophomore, scored 25 points, including nine with two assists during a key run in the second half, and tied a career-high with seven rebounds. He scored the most points for Maryland in the ACC tourney since John Gilchrist scored 30 in the semifinals of the 2004 tournament in Greensboro, N.C.
“I just wanted to do anything I could to help us win,” said Stoglin, who tied for a team-high four of the Terps’ 18 assists. “Coach talked to me on the plane about being a better teammate and getting my teammates involved, and I wanted to do that today.”
The Deacons kept the game close until Stoglin keyed 20-2 run early in the second half. He had assists to Padgett and Faust, before making a 3-pointer and making three free throws after being fouled on another 3-pointer on the next possession.
He capped it with another 3-pointer before Faust hit Alex Len for a dunk and free throw. Padgett added a layup and Ashton Pankey a hook, and the Terrapins were looking ahead to the Tar Heels.
The Deacons struggled to get any points from anyone other than C.J. Harris, Travis McKie and Nikita Mescheriakov. The trio combined to score all but eight of the team’s points.
“They just wore on us, and it took its toll on us, and that was the ballgame,” Wake Forest (13-18) coach Jeff Bzdelik said.