Tar Heels soar over Eagles 96-66

Tar Heels soar over Eagles 96-66

The North Carolina men’s basketball team returned to form on Tuesday night, defeating the Boston College Eagles 96-66 at the Dean E. Smith Center to snap a two-game ACC losing streak

The Tar Heels raced out in the first half by pushing the pace and getting some easy baskets, using the a small-ball lineup with Luke Maye at center and Theo Pinson at power forward. UNC got inside, hit the open three pointers, crashed the boards and played strong defense in the paint to limit the Eagles early and race out to fifteen point halftime lead.

Maye scored eight of the team's first ten points, and showed why he’s one of the top big men in the ACC, earning a double-double (21 points, 10 rebounds) in the first half, his third such performance of this season. He finished with 32 points and 18 rebounds. It was only the 23rd time a Tar Heel had scored at least 30 points in a home game in 33 seasons at the Smith Center, and the most points scored by a Tar Heel in the Dean Dome since Wayne Ellington scored 34 against Maryland in 2009.

Other standout performances include Cameron Johnson, who had his second career double-double, his first as a Tar Heel, with 14 points and 11 rebounds, Theo Pinson with a well-rounded performance of eight points, eight rebounds and five assists, and Sterling Manley with nine points and five rebounds off the bench. 

The guard play stepped up for the Tar Heels down the stretch, as UNC limited turnovers to just three total from the backcourt, with 17 total assists in addition from the guards. UNC made all nine of their free throws, and outrebounded the Eagles 58-23, having as many offensive rebounds as Boston College had total rebounds. 

UNC travels to South Bend on Saturday to take on the Fighting Irish. Stay tuned for more from Argyle Report, including a column from Jack Leland on Luke Maye's big night.

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Photo by Gabi Palacio