UNC Basketball holds on to defeat Boston College
The UNC basketball program was able to hold on, as they defeated Boston College on Tuesday night at the Dean Smith Center.
Hubert Davis and the UNC basketball program continue their perfect start at home, as they defeated Boston College in another ACC contest on Tuesday night in Chapel Hill.
The Tar Heels got off to a pretty good start, led by a dominant first half from Armando Bacot. With four minutes remaining in the half, Bacot captured his 60th career double-double, tying him with UNC basketball great Billy Cunningham for the program record.
Armando Bacot has officially recorded his 60th career double-double, tying Hall of Famer Billy Cunningham for the UNC program record.
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In the second half, the Tar Heels were able to get as much as an 11-point lead, but Boston College wouldn’t go away quietly. They ultimately cut the Tar Heels’ lead down to just one, but fortunately, North Carolina responded.
After scoring just three first-half points, RJ Davis simply exploded in the second half. The junior guard scored 15 points and knocked down three triples en route to an 18-point performance.
Bacot finished the night with game-highs in points (20) and rebounds (16). He is now just 17 rebounds away from the UNC basketball program’s all-time rebounding record.
Due to an injury suffered earlier in the day, Jalen Washington was unavailable to play. In his absence, the already-injured Pete Nance battled through his back injury to return and was able to give the Tar Heels 30 minutes of work.
He made an impact right away, knocking down two early three-pointers. However, that’s essentially all he contributed offensively, but his presence was certainly felt.
Speaking of three-pointers, the Tar Heels did not allow a single three-point field goal in this game. This is the first time in 1,149 games that this has occurred, as you’d have to go back to November 1990 to find the last time an opponent didn’t knock down a triple against North Carolina.
With the original starting lineup back, Hubert Davis didn’t rely much on the bench. Other than D’Marco Dunn and Puff Johnson, no other reserve saw more than three minutes of action, as the starting unit was once again relied upon heavily.
Of course, you would’ve loved to have seen the Tar Heels pull away in this one, but fortunately, they did enough to capture another home victory. They’ll look to continue their success at home on Saturday as they prepare to host in-state rival NC State.
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