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February 17, 2007

UNC climbs to top of ACC with win over BC

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BOSTON -Tyler Hansbrough scored 17 and Ty Lawson had 13 points with seven assists and six rebounds to lead fourth-ranked North Carolina to a 77-72 victory over No. 21 Boston College on Saturday night.

Boston College had two chances to tie it in the final minutes. But Jared Dudley missed all three free throws after he was fouled trying a 3-pointer with 1:29 left. He also missed a 3 when it was 75-72 with 10 seconds left, and Lawson hit a pair of free throws with seven seconds remaining to ice it.

North Carolina (23-4, 9-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) bounced back from Tuesday night's 81-80 overtime loss to Virginia Tech and took over first place in the conference from BC (18-8, 9-4).

Dudley scored 22 and Tyrese Rice had 20 for the Eagles, who lost to Duke on Wednesday night. BC was 0-for-10 from 3-point range in the second half and 3-for-9 from the line in the final 5:31.

North Carolina hasn't lost two straight all year.

The Tar Heels led by as many as nine in the second half before BC tied it 61-all on Dudley's drive. Reyshawn Terry, who scored all of his 10 points in the second half, hit a 3-pointer to put North Carolina back ahead to make it 73-66 with 3:49 left.

Dudley hit two free throws and Rice made a foul-line jumper as the shot clock expired to cut it to three points. But Dudley missed his foul shots and BC missed its best chance to beat a traditional ACC power from North Carolina.

On Wednesday, Duke brought a four-game losing streak to Chestnut Hill and won 78-70. The crowd never had a chance to get excited against Duke, thanks to a snowstorm and a first-half double-digit deficit.

But North Carolina attracted an atmosphere typical of the ACC but rarely seen in the Heights, with most of the crowd wearing yellow T-shirts - even BC Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie - and the student sections standing the entire game.

They saw BC stay close for most of the first half, fighting back from a 24-16 deficit to take a 26-25 lead on Dudley's 3-pointer with 6:57 left. But after the teams traded baskets and leads, Dudley picked up his third foul and went to the bench for the last 6:03 of the half.

Without him, BC fell behind 44-38.

For more coverage of North Carolina, visit TarHeelBlue.com; for more on Boston College, visit EagleAction.com.



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