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Off the cuff: I guess we don't need any more close games. Carolina evidently does better when it blows people out. It would have been nice to go undefeated but that is so hard to do these days. But the Heels could have at least won their ACC opener at home.

A few plays stick out in my mind and, to my surprise and to his credit, Coach Williams mentioned most of them in his post-game comments. For instance, Larry Drew Two got the ball stolen from him as he was trying to dribble behind his back. That was on a possession late in the first half with Carolina having a chance to take the lead, trailing just 41-40. BC went in for a layup instead and went on to hold a 46-40 lead at the half.

Early in the second half, Carolina had a chance to pull within two but a double-teamed Hansbrough threw it away wildly. Late in the game, three free throw misses by Hansbrough hurt.

With a chance to tie it at 56, Will Graves missed a dunk on a follow shot. He didn't have control of the rebound yet. He needed to come down with it and then go up. Second later, Drew threw a bad pass to Hansbrough which was stolen.

Thompson probably had his worst game of the year. Not only did he get tied up for a jump ball, possession to BC, a good 35-40 feet away from the basket, but he made only two of five shots from the field and only one of six shots from the free throw line.

If the Tar Heels had just hit their free throws as they normally do, they probably would have won.

I don't believe that it's ever good to lose but at least everybody can stop talking about an undefeated season. Carolina can regroup, rededicate itself to defense and rebounding, and control tempo. The Heels certainly never seemed comfortable against Boston College.

Marcus Ginyard, obviously still not 100 percent, played 14 minutes but did not even take a shot. Coach Williams said both he and Ginyard are concerned about his progress.

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Eagles 85, Heels 78
So much for an undefeated season

A lot of things went wrong for UNC, and basketball analysts and fans can stop talking about an undefeated season as Boston College came to Chapel Hill and upset the No. 1 Heels 85-78. (1/4)

After starting the season with 13 straight double-digit victories, and returning all underclassmen, talk was centered on Carolina being the first team to run the table since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers and the first UNC squad to do so since the 1957 Heels.

That dream ended with the very first Atlantic Coast Conference matchup of the season.

Midway through the first half the Heels led 27-19 after Tyler Hansbrough muscled in for a bucket. But during the next four minutes, Boston College outscored the Tar Heels 14-4, culminating on a three pointer by Tyrese Rice to make it 33-31 BC.

The Eagles never trailed again. Trailing 46-40 at the half, the Heels four times got the lead down to two in the second half but could never tie or take the lead. With the score 56-54, the Heels had three chances to tie or take the lead and could not score.

Down just 58-56 with more than 12 minutes to play, the Heels were outscored 12-2 over a two-minute period to fall behind 70-58. During that stretch, BC's freshman Reggie Jackson scored seven including a three-pointer.

Boston College extended the lead to a game-high 15 points at 78-63 with 6:20 to go. A Wayne Ellington three and a Danny Green three pulled the Heels to within seven at 78-71 with just over four minutes to go.

Carolina had opportunities to further cut into the lead at the foul line down the stretch but missed eight of 13 free throw attempts, including a couple on the front end of one-and-one situations. Nevertheless, the Heels had it down to 82-78 with 47 seconds to play but Rice, the last player on the Eagles you'd want to foul, wrapped it up with free throws as the Heels missed three after three in desperation.

The Tar Heels shot only 29 percent in the second half. "We had a nice comeback but we couldn't get over the hump," UNC coach Roy Williams said. "But it's hard to beat anybody when you shoot 29 percent."

Carolina, usually a good free throw shooting team, ended just 15 of 28 from the line. Hansbrough, normally reliable, missed three free throws in the last minute and a half. While he led the Heels in scoring with 21, Hansbrough made only six of 15 of his shots from the field.

Ty Lawson, who went four games with four total turnovers, turned the ball over four times in this game and made only three of his 13 shots. Ellington finished with 16 points but only hit two of seven three pointers.

Green got into foul trouble and missed a good portion of court time. Foul trouble, turnovers, missed shots, missed free throws and inspired hustle by the opponent led to the Heels first defeat of the season.

The energetic BC team set the tone for the game in the first half, forcing the Heels to play their game. The Eagles hit seven threes and got 13 offensive rebounds in the first half.

Rice led the Eagles with 25 points while Rakim Sanders had 22, including four three pointers. Jackson added a career-high 17 points.

The Tar Heels, now 13-1 and 0-1, play at home against the College of Charleston on Wednesday before traveling to a strong Wake Forest team.


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