Feb. 1, 2011
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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Senior Joe Trapani scored a team-high 25 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds to lead Boston College in a 106-74 ACC loss to North Carolina before 7,883 fans in Conte Forum.
Senior Corey Raji registered 16 points and six rebounds, while classmate Biko Paris posted 11 points and four assists.
Boston College (14-8, 4-4 ACC) led for the game's first nine minutes before the Tar Heels quickly turned the tables and took control. BC, paced by four early three-pointers, jumped out to an 18-13 advantage on two Trapani free throws with 12:16 to play in the opening half. The visitors answered with consecutive treys to take a one-point lead, and then continued their rally with a 20-7 run to claim a 39-25 cushion with 5:00 left before the intermission.
The Tar Heels led 49-35 at the break. Trapani totaled 14 points and seven rebounds in the first 20 minutes.
North Carolina (16-5, 6-1 ACC), which shot 58.8 percent from the floor in the first half, continued its torrent pace to open the second half. UNC outscored BC 14-5 in the first four minutes to take a commanding 23-point lead - 63-40.
The host Eagles narrowed the visitors' margin to 17 points - 76-59 - on a Trapani three-pointer with 10:05 to play, but UNC then held BC to just two free throws (from Reggie Jackson) during a 14-2 run to gave the visitors their largest lead - 29 points (90-61) with 6:46 left - until the game's final two minutes.
Game Notes: North Carolina became the first team to score 100 points against Boston College since Notre Dame did so in a 101-96 win in Conte Forum on Jan. 25, 2003 ... The Tar Heels' 106-point total is the highest point total by a BC foe since West Virginia earned a 108-89 win in Conte Forum on Feb. 21, 1996 ... Each team grabbed 40 rebounds ... UNC gained a 42-18 edge in "points in the paint" ... North Carolina shot 57.4 percent (39-for-68) from the field, while BC shot 35.3 percent (24-for-68) ... Trapani also contributed three assists and two blocked shots.