The North Carolina Tar Heels avoided their first 0-4 start in conference play with an 11 point victory over Boston College Saturday. The Tar Heels, led by James Michael McAdoo and Marcus Paige, shot .527 from the field and held Boston College to .438 shooting. Boston College fell to 1-4 in the ACC and 5-13 on the young season.
Marcus Paige led all Tar Heel scorers with 21 points and four assists in 39 minutes. James Michael McAdoo added in 17 points and six boards in 36 minutes. Also adding in a solid contribution off the bench was Kennedy Meeks, with 10 points in 15 minutes of action.
Leading the Eagles was guard Olivier Hanlan, who had 16 points and four assists. Boston College’s scoring was very balanced, with all starters scoring more than 10 points. But the bench could only produce 5 points in the game, and in the end, BC couldn’t keep up with UNC’s hot shooting. The Eagles next play Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech in the upcoming week, both at home.
As for the Tar Heels, it wasn’t a pretty win, but it was a win. Hopefully the team can ride the momentum boost from this win into their next two games, at UVA and home against Clemson. That game at Virginia will be particularly tough, because the Cavs have been playing much better basketball of late and will be a tough matchup on the road.