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Lucas: Boston College Quick Reactions

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By Adam Lucas

1. Pro win for Carolina, doing what it had to do to overcome Boston College, 72-64.

two. Armando Bacot’s double-double – which he accumulated before halftime – ties the school record. Bacot’s 60th double-double ties him with Billy Cunningham, a record that stands for 60 years. He is also just a few rebounds away from passing Tyler Hansbrough as the school’s all-time leading hitter, a mark that is expected to drop in coming games. He finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds.

3. Carolina continues to juggle the staff. Tuesday marked the return of Pete Nance from a back injury and announced his return hitting a pair of three-pointers in the first four minutes. But the Tar Heels played without Jalen Washington, which was limited by an ankle injury sustained during the shootout earlier in the day. Nance had six points and five rebounds on the comeback.

4. This was an old battle for office between Bacot and Boston College’s Quentin Post. Post eventually failed, but not before he and Bacot exchanged several shoves and shoves. Post had 17 points but just five rebounds.

5. That was a fitting game for an Eagles team that plays more offense from within the three-point arc than any opponent Carolina has seen this season. In keeping with the pattern throughout the season, BC made just two three-point shots in the first 20 minutes (Carolina hoisted 14). The Eagles make more two-point jumps than perhaps any other team in college basketball, but they seem to be very well coached by Earl Grant (the move to a zone late in the second half briefly confused the Tar Heels). Boston College did not hit three-pointers in the game, finishing 0-of-6. According to Bryan Ives, it was the first time since November 1990 – a span of 1,149 games – that the Tar Heels did not allow a three-pointer.

6. Nance helped on the posts, especially on the offensive end. Bacot did his usual heavy lifting on the offensive glass, picking up five, but Nance supplemented with three. This helped Carolina maintain an impressive 19-3 lead in second chance points.

7. Quite true that Caleb’s love didn’t have his best game as a Tar Heel. It’s also true that he made two huge shots as Boston College pulled it back to a one-point game with less than six minutes to go, hitting a three-pointer and scoring a loose ball. That hustle quickly pushed him into a six-point lead. He hasn’t been shooting well, but he’s still the guy who wants to take all the important shots. He also finished with 16 points.

8. On a night when three-pointers were hard to come by for either side, RJ Davis it was a lifesaver. The junior guard hit four of them on his way to 18 points. Both entire teams combined, except Davis, hit six three-pointers.

9. Funny moment in the arena during the second half, when the video panel showed highlights of Luke Maye and then Maye himself, who was in town on a brief break from his overseas career. The caption read: “Luke Maye/Brother of Drake Maye”. The camera then panned down the hallway… where it found Drake Maye, who was shown with the caption “Drake Maye / Luke Maye’s brother”.

10. The game also marked the debut of a light show in the arena at the media time limit below 4:00. The Smith Center crowd at first seemed a little confused, but overall they seemed to enjoy the lights going out and a high-energy timeout before the final minutes of the game.

11. Carolina has won 15 of the last 16 matches against Boston College. It also concludes the softest part of the ACC schedule. A very tough stretch begins Saturday against NC State in what should have been a lively atmosphere at the Smith Center.

12. Don’t think we’ve mentioned this in this space before – remember that whenever it’s your first time attending a game at the Smith Center, go to Guest Services outside section 126 to get your certificate. Two young Tar Heels had their autographs signed by Armando Bacot on Tuesday night, which is a great souvenir in an age when paper tickets are hard to come by. I can’t guarantee the Bacot signature unfortunately, but the certificate alone makes a fun keepsake.