Boston College (9-11, 1-6 ACC) suffered an 82-70 loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels (14-6, 4-3 ACC) Tuesday night at Conte Forum. It was the Eagles’ fifth consecutive loss and sixth overall since opening ACC play on Jan. 5.
The Eagles’ used the crowds’ excitement to jump out to an early six point lead, but the Tar Heels responded with a 19-4 run headlined by three P.J. Hairston 3-pointers. BC never regained their early lead, and their two attempts to cut the deficit to single digits were thwarted by two UNC 3-pointers.
There was a scary moment late in the first half when UNC sophomore guard P.J. Hairston went down after colliding with one of his teammates on defense. After spending several minutes on the floor, he attempted to walk off the court with the help of his teammates. After appearing unstable, he returned to the floor and was carted off on a stretcher by the medical staff. It was later determined that he sustained a concussion and he was able to remain in the arena.
James Michael McAdoo was the top performer for the Tar Heels with 17 points on 7-20 shooting and 10 rebounds. P.J. Hairston was able to record 14 points and three assists in only 12 minutes of play before sustaining a concussion late in the first half. Dexter Strickland went a perfect 6-6 from the line to ice the game for UNC, and he finished the night with 14 points and 4 assists.
Olivier Hanlan was the top performer for the Eagles with 22 points, six rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 37 minutes of play. Hanlan went 7-15 from the floor, hitting on 2-4 3-point tries and 6-7 free throw attempts. Ryan Anderson had a solid game as well, recording 16 points and 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. Patrick Heckmann had a solid game after struggling in his previous three, scoring 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including two 3-pointers.
Boston College hosts the Clemson Tigers (12-8, 4-4 ACC) on Saturday afternoon.