Feb. 19, 2011
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Junior Reggie Jackson and senior Joe Trapani each tallied 13 points to lead Boston College in a 48-46 ACC loss to 19th-ranked North Carolina before 21,159 fans in the Dean E. Smith Center.
The Eagles climbed back from a double-digit second-half deficit and had a chance to win the game on their last possession. Jackson's three-point attempt bounced off the rim.
Boston College held UNC to its lowest point total in its Smith Center history (since 1986). It also marked the Tar Heels' lowest output under head coach Roy Williams (now in his eighth year at UNC).
BC was trailing by 13 points (45-32) with 7:40 to play, before forcing five consecutive North Carolina turnovers and running off nine straight points to close the margin to four points (45-41) with 2:53 remaining. Jackson began the rally with a field goal, and then senior Corey Raji sank two three-pointers, before Trapani converted a free throw to cap the run.
North Carolina, which had gone more than five minutes without a field goal, got a basket from freshman Harrison Barnes with 2:33 left to take a 47-41 advantage.
BC answered on its next possession, grabbing two offensive rebounds and eventually getting two points on free throws by senior Josh Southern.
Ten seconds after UNC's Tyler Zeller sank one free throw with 1:22 to play, Jackson nailed a trey to bring BC within two points at 48-46.
Junior Dallas Elmore grabbed the rebound of a UNC missed shot at the other end, giving BC the final chance to win the contest. After calling a timeout with 17.6 seconds to play, the Eagles spread the floor and Jackson took the potential game-winning shot over the outstretched arms of 6-foot-10-inch North Carolina sophomore John Henson.
North Carolina scored the game's first seven points. BC got on the scoreboard on Trapani's three-pointer with 12:12 remaining in the first half. BC trailed 12-6 with 9:10 left in the half, but fought back to even the score at 18-18 on a Jackson dunk and the ensuing free throw with 3:20 left. UNC led 21-20 at the break.
While BC managed just one field goal - a three-pointer from senior Biko Paris - in the first 10 minutes of the second half, the host Tar Heels built a 15-point lead (twice) by the midway point of the second half. It's then that BC's defense turned tables and the Eagles made their run.
Game Notes: BC committed nine turnovers, while UNC committed 13 ... UNC had a 44-30 rebounding advantage ... BC sank 11-of-14 free-throw attempts ... BC equaled its season high with 11 steals (also set vs. California on Nov. 28) ... Raji tallied all eight of BC's bench points. He also contributed six rebounds, a team-high four assists and two steals in 33 minutes of work ... BC shot 26.9 percent (14-for-52) from the field in the contest, its lowest field-goal percentage since shooting 25.4 percent (17-for-67) against Connecticut on March 8, 2003. Its 14 field goals (made) were the fewest since making 14 against Pittsburgh on March 14, 2003.