Maryland shocked 17th-ranked North Carolina State 71-49 today, as John Johnson scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half, becoming the only last-place team ever to beat the regular-season champion in 36 years of Atlantic Coast Conference tournament play.
The Terrapins, who had won just one of 14 conference games, used a patient offense and a defense that forced eight Wolfpack turnovers in the first half. The Wolfpack dropped to 20-8 with its first-round tournament loss, and Maryland is 9-19.
Minutes after the upset victory, Maryland coach Bob Wade was taken to an Atlanta hospital after becoming ill while talking to reporters.
According to eyewitnesses, Wade was answering questions just outside the Maryland locker room when he started to get quiet and then walked into the locker room.
The reporters were taken to an another area and a stretcher was brought in and Wade was taken to Georgia Baptist Hospital.
“He was looked at by Dr. Levine, the team physician,” said a Maryland spokesman. “They think right now that it’s dehydration.”