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Off the cuff: It's bad when the final score doesn't reflect the game. In fact, the final score against Boston College was the closest the game had been since Carolina led 34-22 with 6:20 left in the first half.

The Tar Heels dominated inside and on the boards. Yet BC chose to keep their starters in, down by 23 with two minutes remaining.

UNC coach Roy Williams emptied his bench and the superior BC starters cut the final deficit to 13 during those two minutes. The final three came at the buzzer as K.J. Smith had the ball stolen as he was lazily dribbling out the clock.

Anyone who has read my stuff over the years knows that my biggest pet peeve with Coach Williams is his not letting his subs play all out until the buzzer. He likes to basically take a knee at the end of the game.

As someone who was a benchwarmer in 9th grade, I appreciated when I got to come in at the end of the game and play all out. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth when you are simply out there to "take a knee."

BC's coach should also be ashamed of himself for not letting his bench even play. Maybe he thinks losing to Carolina by 13 will help him keep his job as opposed to losing by 23.

The Tar Heels have been playing better than the Zion-less Duke Blue Devils as of late but they likely will see the super freshman Saturday on senior night.

Would be nice to see seniors Luke Maye and Kenny Williams, along with grad student Cam Johnson, beat the younguns, the one-and-dones from Duke but it will be a tall order as the Devils have revenge in mind.

Tar Heels 79, Boston College 66
Carolina controls Eagles in the paint

Five North Carolina players scored in double figures and Luke Maye hauled in a career-high 20 rebounds as the Tar Heels dominated Boston College 79-66 in a game that wasn't that close. (3/5)

It was a record-tying ninth straight ACC road win against no defeats.

"Scoring inside and our rebounding the ball were the biggest parts of the game," UNC coach Roy Williams said.

The Tar Heels outscored the Eagles 44-18 in the paint and clobbered them on the boards, outrebounding the home team 60-35.

With the score tied 16-all, Carolina took over the game with a 32-9 run to go into the halftime in command, 48-25.

Coby White started the decisive run with a fastbreak pass to Maye, followed by a pull up jumper. Carolina scored the last nine points of the first half, highlighted by a White three from the right corner and a Johnson turnaround jumper.

The lead got as high as 25 in the second half and stood at 23 with two minutes to play. BC kept in their starters while the Heels put in the third-string team and the Eagles outscored Carolina 10-0 over those last two minutes to make the final score deceptive.

Maye picked up his 13th double-double of the season with 17 points to go along with those 20 rebounds.  "Luke was very aggressive, getting all over the boards," Coach Williams said.

He didn't get all the boards, however, as teammate Cam Johnson had 12 rebounds and a team-high 22 points. White scored 11 points while Kenny Williams and Nassir Little had 10 each.

The Tar Heels improve to 25-5 and 15-2 in the conference, remaining tied for first with Virginia. Boston College falls to 14-15 and 5-12 in the ACC.

Carolina closes out the regular season with senior night at home against Duke on Saturday.

Box score

UNC's Luke Maye had another double-double with 17 points and a season-high 20 rebounds. (UNC Sports Information photo.)

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