After decisive wins against Elon and Monmouth, Carolina opened conference play on Saturday against Boston College. Despite sluggish periods in the game, the Tar Heels won 83-60.
Harrison Barnes continued his hot play with 25 points in the game. Tyler Zeller finished with 20 while John Henson chipped in 15. Kendall Marshall, who is tied for tops in assists per game in the Country, had 11 on Saturday.
Barnes made it look easy going 10-15 from the floor which included a flurry late in the game that opened up the decisive lead.
It was a game of spurts for North Carolina, good and bad ones. On a couple occasion's, it appeared they were ready to open things up but the Eagles climbed back in. After opening a 21 point lead early in the second half, Boston College closed the lead to 9 with 9:28 left to play.
Coach Roy Williams summed the day up, "I told them it was very reasonable that I was upset and they had to play better, (But) we were good at times."
Matt Humphrey led Boston College with 14 points while Ryan Anderson finished with 13 on a team fielding numerous freshmen this season.
Carolina ends their home stand on Tuesday night hosting Miami, a team who played them to the wire in two games last season. The Tar Heels have not left the friendly confines of the Smith Center since their December 3rd game at Kentucky.
The Tar Heels move to 14-2 on the season and 1-0 in conference play.
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