Saturday, March 1, 2008

NORTH CAROLINA 90, BOSTON COLLEGE 80

Tyrese Rice blew up. He made 9 of his first 11 shots and scored 34 points in the first half. He ended up with 46, but it just wasn’t enough.

Tyler Hansbrough scored 25 points and #2 North Carolina and overcame an 18-point second-half deficit to beat Boston College 90-80.

Wayne Ellington had 18 of his 20 points in the second half for the Tar Heels (27-2, 12-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their sixth straight.

Rice surpassed his career highs of 32 points and six 3-pointers by halftime, making 8-of-9 from beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes. He started the second half with a steal and fast-break layup to give him 36 points, and then he hit the next basket to make it 58-40.

But after Corey Raji hit a 3-pointer to give BC a 61-44 lead, the Tar Heels scored 18 straight points -- getting three 3-pointers from Danny Green. Ellington had a steal and fast-break layup, then followed that up with a pass to Marcus Ginyard underneath for the dunk that made it 62-61 with 11:13 to play.

North Carolina remained tied atop the conference standings with No. 7 Duke, the last opponent to beat the Tar Heels. The teams play in Durham next Saturday.

Boston College (13-14, 4-10) was hoping to be the third team to upset a top three opponent in the last eight days.

Boston College's Tyrese Rice (4) reacts after hitting a three-point field goal in the first half. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

North Carolina's Marcus Ginyard (1) loses control of the ball after a defensive play by Boston College's Biko Paris (5) during the first half . (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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