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UNC eases to 82-70 win over Boston College

Posted January 29, 2013

FINAL: UNC 82, Boston College 70

North Carolina was slow out of the gate but opened up a 15-point lead by halftime and coasted to a 82-70 win over Boston College Tuesday in Chestnut Hill.

3:56 2nd: UNC 74, BC 63

At the final media break, Boston College is keeping the game from getting out of hand, but they have not been able to close within single digits. 

Hairston, who had been on the bench with the team since halftime, returned to the locker room with about six minutes left in the game.

7:44 2nd: UNC 67, BC 55

The UNC lead remains 12 points at the under-8 timeout as the energy of this game has settled into cruise control.

McAdoo is two rebounds shy of a double double.

11:55 2nd: UNC 59, BC 44

Roy Williams' message got through and UNC had stretched their lead to 17 points. They are in complete control up 15 now at the second media timeout of the 2nd half.

For Boston College, Olivier Hanlan has 13 points and has filled the stat sheet. he is not getting much help though.

15:58 2nd: UNC 50, BC 39

Boston College is off to a 6-2 run to open the second half and the Tar Heels lead is down to 11 points. Roy Williams is not pleased by the effort out of the break.

**Injury Update**

Jones Angel, the radio voice for UNC, has said that the official diagnosis for PJ Hairston is a concussion and he will not return. Hairston has been up and walking around. Obviously he will have to pass the battery of tests before he returns to the lineup in future games.

HALFTIME: UNC 48, Boston College 33

The long delay during the injury did not seem to affect either offense as production and scoring continued through the final minutes of the half. UNC takes a 15-point lead to break.

The Tar Heels are lead by Hairston's 14. James Michael McAdoo has 8 points and 7 rebounds at half and is well on his way to a double double. 

UNC is out-rebounding the Eagles 17-10 through 20 minutes. BC has also committed nine turnovers.

4:02 1st: UNC 38, BC 26

Play came to a halt at the 4:02 mark as PJ Hairston went to the ground with an apparent head injury. He is being taken out of the gym on a stretcher with UNC leading by 12.

Hairston's night in undoubtedly done with 14 points but his minutes appeared to answer the questions of hustle that Roy Williams was calling for leading up to the game.

7:32 1st: UNC 29, BC 20

Hairston is up to 14 points and James Michael McAdoo has four rebounds as UNC has control of the tempo at Chestnut Hill.

UNC is 11-for-22 (50%) from the floor after starting 1-for-7.

10:27 1st: UNC 23, BC 15

PJ Hairston has mad four 3-pointers off the bench in the last sic minutes of play and UNC has surged ahead by eight points at the under-12 timeout.

Thanks to Hairston, UNC is 5-for-7 from deep on the game and has hit their last five.

15:57 1st: Boston College 8, UNC 2

UNC is ice cold from the floor to open play going 1-for-7 but they have forced five Boston College turnovers to stay close at the first media break.

PREGAME

Coming off a humbling loss to an instate rival, the North Carolina Tar Heels will look to avoid another setback against the Boston College Eagles in Atlantic Coast Conference action at the Conte Forum.

North Carolina was downed by then No. 18 NC State on Saturday, 91-83. It was the first time in the last 14 meetings that the Tar Heels failed to top the rival Wolfpack. The Tar Heels had won three straight before the setback and are now sitting at 13-6 overall to go along with an even 3-3 split of their six conference battles. The loss came on the road, where the Tar Heels are just 2-4 this season. Home matchups with Virginia Tech and Wake Forest await the Tar Heels next.

Boston College has dropped its last four contests following a 65-51 defeat to Virginia on Saturday. The loss dropped the Eagles below .500 overall this season (9-10) and to just 1-5 in ACC play. That mark has the Eagles tied for last place in the conference standings with Georgia Tech. Boston College has done a respectable job of defending its home court with a record of 7-4 at the Conte Forum. The Eagles will remain at home for their next bout with Clemson.

This is just another ACC rivalry that North Carolina has dominated during the last decade with the Tar Heels earning victories in seven of the last nine meetings.

In the loss to NC State, North Carolina gave up the most points in a game against the Wolfpack since February of 2002. The Tar Heels trailed for the entire game and were down by as many as 28 points in the loss. North Carolina did manage to shoot 60.5 percent from the field in the second half to pull within five with 28 seconds remaining but by then it was too late.

It hasn't been the offensive end of the floor that has given North Carolina problems. The Tar Heels are the second best scoring team in the ACC (78.9 ppg) with that mark ranking eighth nationally. The Tar Heels also rank within the top five teams in the country in assists (18.3 pg) and rebounds (42.5 pg). Letting up big point totals has been a bit more of an issue with North Carolina allowing 69.3 points per game. James Michael McAdoo (14. 6ppg, 8.4 rpg) and Reggie Bullock (14.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.0 apg) have been the most productive scorers, with P. J. Hairston (12.3 ppg) adding a nice spark off the bench. Dexter Strickland (7.8 ppg, 4.1 apg) and Marcus Paige (6.7 ppg, 4.4 apg) don't add much in terms of scoring but have been strong distributors. North Carolina Logo More UNC Stories

For the third straight game (all losses), Boston College was held to less than 60 points. The Eagles shot just 36.2 percent from the floor in the contest while being decimated up front. Virginia outscored BC by a 40-16 margin on points in the paint.

As might be expected Boston College has been one of the least effective offensive teams in the ACC. The Eagles rank second to last in field goal percentage (.431) and ninth in scoring (67.8 ppg). The Eagles have managed to keep themselves in most games though by letting up just 67.5 points per game on 44.7 percent shooting. Ryan Anderson (16.4 ppg, 9.1 rpg) leads a quartet of players in double figures for the Eagles, while ranking third in the conference in both scoring and rebounds. Anderson has struggled during league play though, especially in the last four games when he has averaged 14 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest. Olivier Hanlan (13.8 ppg), Joe Rahon (10.4 ppg) and Lonnie Jackson (10.1 ppg) all score in double figures as well but other than Hanlan (.405) none shoots better than 40 percent from the floor. The Eagles lack scoring off the bench as well with Dennis Clifford (4.3 ppg) and Andre Van Nest (4.2 ppg) the only reserves scoring more than three points per game.

It might not be the same type of North Carolina team of the last decade taking the floor on Tuesday. However the Tar Heels are still good enough to top the Eagles.

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  • FatherofFour Jan 29, 11:43 p.m.

    Congrats to the Heels fans tonight. I did not watch the game, but based on the box score, it... View More

    — Posted by FatherofFour

    Thats what i said this past weekend, seems every night 3-4 top 25 teams lose.

    Many Brackets will... View More

    — Posted by RD n NC

    I agree. It doesn't give me very much hope in my office pool this year. I might just go with the "pick the best mascot" strategy. :)

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jan 29, 11:26 p.m.

    Congrats to the Heels fans tonight. I did not watch the game, but based on the box score, it... View More

    — Posted by FatherofFour

    Thanks, Tim. There's no way I can even speculate about the NCAAT, I can't even figure out the ACC!

  • RD n NC Jan 29, 11:17 p.m.

    Congrats to the Heels fans tonight. I did not watch the game, but based on the box score, it... View More

    — Posted by FatherofFour

    Thats what i said this past weekend, seems every night 3-4 top 25 teams lose.

    Many Brackets will be busted early this year i believe.

  • FatherofFour Jan 29, 11:12 p.m.

    Congrats to the Heels fans tonight. I did not watch the game, but based on the box score, it looks like you controlled the game throughout. I wish I could celebrate with you, but State took another road loss, and lost a key player in the process. What a crazy year in college basketball though. Tonight alone, the #15 and #19 teams went down, and #16 is getting ready to do the same. At this point in the season, it is anyones championship to win. Michigan appears to the be the best team right now, but they could go down this weekend when they play Indiana. It gives me a little solice to know that State only lost to them by 7 even though the game wasn't really that close. I think whoever can stay healthy and get hot come tourney time will stand the best chance, but at this point, who knows who that will be.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jan 29, 11:09 p.m.

    Ugly game, but it's a "W". Paige had a good game. Sure hope Hairston is going to be OK.

  • ncstateforever Jan 29, 11:03 p.m.

    McDonald is a three point shooter, and a good scorer. Sometimes Carolina only has 2 scorers on the floor.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jan 29, 11:03 p.m.

    Hope Hairston is back at least in time for the back-to-back road games at Miami and at Duke.... View More

    — Posted by anderson

    Good night, Anderson. Yes, I hope Hairston is feeling better soon, but concussions can be tricky. I really feel for the young man.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jan 29, 11:01 p.m.

    We are definitely missing Hairston and McDonald

    — Posted by ncstateforever

    True dat. This game is getting ugly.

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    McDonald is not a great player. The little he played this year his numbers were WAYYY down. I... View More

    — Posted by anderson

    We're REALLY missing the Wear twins. They're having a terrific year at UCLA. Their leaving abruptly has really hurt the Heels. Roy hadn't recruited big bodies because he had two with the twins. Carolina is still feeling the impact of them leaving.

  • anderson Jan 29, 11:01 p.m.

    Hope Hairston is back at least in time for the back-to-back road games at Miami and at Duke. They might can let him rest the next two games since they are at home against VT and Wake...but can't take any games for granted. But for his health and future, I hope they rest him until he is 100% ok to play again. Night all...

  • anderson Jan 29, 10:59 p.m.

    We are definitely missing Hairston and McDonald

    — Posted by ncstateforever

    True dat. This game is getting ugly.

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    McDonald is not a great player. The little he played this year his numbers were WAYYY down. I think bringing him back with many minutes will hurt their little bit of chemistry they have unless they need him to spell Hairston for a bit.

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