Jan. 7, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Junior Matt Humphrey led Boston College with 14 points off the bench as the Eagles lost at #3 North Carolina, 83-60, Saturday afternoon in front of 20,582 fans at the Dean E. Smith Center.
Humphrey went 6-for-12 from the field and added five rebounds and three assists. Freshman Ryan Anderson had 13 points and a team-best six rebounds.
North Carolina led by six points at the 12:30 mark of the first half before BC cut the deficit to one with five straight points. The Tar Heels pulled away after that, as they scored 12 unanswered points to take a 27-14 lead with 7:20 to go. Harrison Barnes has seven points in the run.
North Carolina took that 13-point lead into the half, 40-27.
"I thought we let our guard down and ... we just kind of forgot who we were playing and lost sense of simple things," BC coach Steve Donahue said.
The UNC lead reached as many as 21 points, 50-29, at the first media timeout of the second half. BC battled back and made its run midway through the half, going on a 13-4 streak over a two minute span to cut the lead to 59-50 at the 9:19 mark. Anderson had four points in the run and sophomore Gabe Moton and freshman Patrick Heckmann both hit 3-pointers.
The Tar Heels recovered and put the game away by scoring 10 of the next 12 points to build the lead back to 17, 69-52, with 4:50 to go.
Barnes led all scorers with 25 points for North Carolina (14-2, 1-0 ACC). Tyler Zeller had 20 points and eight rebounds and John Henson recorded 14 points and eight boards. Kendall Marshall dished out 11 assists.
Boston College slowed it down last February and came within a rimmed-out 3-pointer at the buzzer of a memorable upset. Instead, North Carolina escaped with a 48-46 victory in its lowest-scoring performance at the 26-year-old arena.
"We just went at them" this time, Humphrey said. "They probably expected us to make it a grinding game and slow it down, but in reality, that's the way we play as well. We just should have kept a little bit more poise and saved some of those turnovers."
Boston College (5-10, 0-1) is back in action next Thursday when it hosts Clemson at 8 p.m.