Game Blog: UNC earns 1st ACC win, 82-71 over BC
Posted January 18
North Carolina avoids starting 0-4 in conference play for the first time in program history with an 82-71 win over Boston College.
4:18 second half; UNC 71, Boston College 61: A Leslie McDonald three pointer gives North Carolina their largest lead of the second half.
6:57 second half; UNC 63, Boston College 57: The Eagles haven't gotten more than a possession away from North Carolina but are continuing to stay hot from the outside hitting 10 of 19 attempts.
11:00 second half; UNC 54, Boston College 50: A few turnovers and fouls by the Tar Heels has allowed Boston College to close the gap back to four. Eddie Odio has grabbed a career high with 12 points and is leading Boston College in scoring today.
15:47 second half; UNC 45, Boston College 39: Leslie McDonald grabs his fourth foul and heads to the bench, Boston College's Garland Owens misses both to keep it a six point game at the first TV timeout of the second half.
Halftime; UNC 36, Boston College 32: North Carolina keeps their four point lead on Boston College at the half. Boston College regained their team's control after UNC dropped their intensity on the defensive end. Both teams are shooting around 50% from the field but Boston College holds the advantage from the perimeter hitting 6-11 in the first half.
7:44 first half; UNC 26, Boston College 22: An 8-0 run by Boston College has brought the Eagles within four, 26-22. James Michael McAdoo leads UNC with 10 points and Eddie Odio leads BC with eight.
12:45 first half; UNC 20, Boston College 9: The North Carolina run has extended to 16-2. The Tar Heels are taking advantage of Boston College turnovers for fast break points.
15:08 first half; UNC 10, Boston College 7: A 6-0 run by North Carolina before the TV timeout gave them the lead after a slow start. Jackson Simmons got cut early in the game and had to go into the training room to patch up the cut on his forehead.
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams is going with a lineup change Saturday against Boston College. Instead of the usual Kennedy Meeks and Nate Britt, Williams is starting Jackson Simmons and Leslie McDonald alongside J.P. Tokoto, James Michael McAdoo and Marcus Paige.
Pregame: Two teams in desperate need of a league win clash in Chapel Hill on Saturday afternoon, as the North Carolina Tar Heels play host to the Boston College Eagles in ACC action from the Smith Center.
Roy Williams' Tar Heels are 10-6 on the season and have some marquee wins on their resume, topping Michigan State, Louisville and Kentucky this season. However, UNC has not been able to add to its win total since ACC play has begun and sits at an inexplicable 0-3 in the conference standings, following a 57-45 road loss at second-ranked Syracuse last weekend.
The Eagles were also last in action against the Orange and suffered a similar fate, as they dropped a 69-59 decision on Monday, the team's fifth loss in the last six games. Despite a talented roster, Steve Donahue's Eagles are a mere 5-12 on the season, including a 1-3 mark in-conference.