Boston College's Tyrese Rice had a whale of a first half against the #2 UNC Tar Heels. Rice dumped eight three-pointers in scoring 34 points by the break. Right then, Rice had set his career high.
In the second half, Rice was forced to create his own shots off the dribble and added another 12 points. However, he looked a bit tired and struggled to get his shot off against a taller Marcus Ginyard.
Still, Rice's 46 points is the second most points scored this season (Houston's Robert McKiver went for 52 points earlier this week), the second most points scored in BC hoops history (the record is 49 set back in 1964) and is the third most scored by a player against the Tar Heels (Duke's Dick Groat poured in 48 against the Heels in 1952).
Through all that, the Eagles had a 58-40 lead just minutes into the second half. But ...
... Carolina came alive. Led by Wayne Ellington and Danny Green from the outside and Tyler Hansbrough on the inside, the Heels mounted a huge comeback. Over the next 14 minutes, North Carolina went on a 40-12 run and put the game away. UNC won, 90-80.
"You just can't ask one person to score all your points for you," BC coach Al Skinner said.
Indeed. No other Eagle scored in double figures. Meanwhile, the Tar Heels got 25 from Hansbrough, 20 from Ellington and 18 from Green. Also, Ty Lawson made his first appearance in almost exactly one month. He was injured on Super Bowl Sunday against Florida State and hasn't seen action since (oh, and FSU comes to visit Carolina on Tuesday).