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BC Stuns No. 1 UNC, 85-78

The Boston College Men’s Basketball team pulled off quite an upset Sunday as they try to prove they are worthy for a Top-25 ranking. The Eagles beat the No. 1 team in the nation, previously unbeaten North Carolina, 85-78 in Chapel Hill.

The loss almost certainly takes UNC out of the top spot. They have been the No. 1 team since the preseason polls, and before the BC loss were at an undefeated 13-0. BC could seriously get some consideration on the poll with a huge win (against UNC) and a 13-2 overall record.

Tyrese Rice led the Eagles with 25 points and eight assists while teammate Rakim Sanders added 22 as the team shot 45.7% from the field and 37.5% (9-24) from 3-point land. Reggie Jackson added 17 points off the bench on 8-14 shooting to help in the win.

Tyler Hansborough, who some would argue is the nation’s top player, finished with 21 points (6-15 shooting) and nine rebounds to led the way for the Tarheels. UNC was just outplayed for much of the game, and Hansborough’s average shooting night (40%) seemed right on par with the rest of the team.

The Tarheels shot just 29% in the second half and 38.4% overall. It’s hard to come back from a 46-40 halftime deficit when you’re shooting so poorly. Their conduct at the free throw line was also suspect, as they shot just 55.6% (15-27).

The Eagles will look to build on this big win when they take on the Harvard Crimson Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

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