Sunday, February 20, 2011

No. 19 Tar Heels Win Ugly

#19 NORTH CAROLINA 48, BOSTON COLLEGE  46 – Just l18 days ago, North Carolina put up 106 points on Boston College’s zone defense.  This time they scored 58 fewer points as both teams took another crack at moving ACC basketball back to the “point a minute” era of the early 1900’s.  The Tar Heels led 21-20 at halftime and the Eagles scored 26 points in the first 30 minutes.

That said, Boston College then reeled off 20 more points in the final ten minutes, and were just one decision away from a possible overtime. 

BC star Reggie Jackson had the ball in the waning seconds behind by two points.  After a switch, Jackson found himself guarded by 6-foot-10 John Henson—the ACC’s leading shot-blocker .  Instead of driving around Henson and taking his chances with the Heels’ other shot blocker – Tyler Zeller – Jackson launched a high arcing three over Henson that rimmed out.  Think of it as shooting over your garden variety apartment building.  Game over.

Tyler Zeller
Tyler Zeller scored 16 points, and freshmen Kendall Marshall and Harrison Barnes had 10 points each as North Carolina (20-6, 10-2 ACC) overcame their lowest-scoring outing under Roy Williams. The Heels’ defense held Boston College to season lows of 26.9 percent shooting while out-rebounding the Eagles 44-30.

“Not a lot to say. We won. That’s the bottom line,” Williams said.

Saturday's triumph gave UNC its 53rd season with at least 20 victories and its 35th season with at least 10 ACC regular-season wins.

Joe Trapani and Reggie Jackson scored 13 points apiece for the Eagles (16-10, 6-6), who trailed by 15 but got back in the game by forcing turnovers on four straight possessions and pulled within two points on Jackson’s 3-pointer with 1:10 left.

The Eagles didn’t score until nearly 8 minutes into the game, missed 13 of their first 14 shots in the second half and came up shy of their previous scoring low of 51 points against Florida State. They were held to their fewest points in an ACC game since joining the conference in 2005, and their fewest in any game since a 70-43 loss to Georgetown in 2002.

Tyler Hansbrough
Jackson, the ACC’s third-leading scorer, was 5 of 19 from the field. Trapani was 3 of 11.

The Eagles allow an average of 71 points and teams shoot nearly 45 percent against them, but they held the Tar Heels to 36.8 percent and forced them into their lowest-scoring performance in both the history of the Dean Smith Center and in Williams’ tenure in Chapel Hill. The previous low under Williams came in an 82-50 loss at Duke that ended the 2009-10 regular season.

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