All good things must come to an end.
Boston College's mini four-game winning streak, and 2014-15 season, came to an end this afternoon down in Greensboro as the 5th seeded North Carolina Tar Heels took out 12th seeded Boston College, 81-63. BC finishes the year with a record of 13-19, 4-14 ACC, while the Tar Heels (22-10, 11-7 ACC) advance to the ACC Tournament quarterfinals and a date with 4th seeded Louisville.
We talked a bit about this during last night's BCI Radio show, but this was not a very good matchup for the Eagles. The Tar Heels came into the game leading the ACC in points in the paint and UNC's bigs had their way with BC's suspect interior defense. North Carolina's Brice Johnson and (17 points, 9 rebounds) and Marcus Paige (17 points, 9 assists) finished just shy of a double-double, while the Tar Heels out-rebounded the Eagles 43-25; 13-4 on the offensive glass. Nine different Tar Heels found the scoring sheet, while BC played only eight. Predictably, the Carolina bench out-scored BC's bench 23-4.
BC did not get a very good shooting performance out of Olivier Hanlan, who finished just 5-of-19 from the floor, including 1-of-5 from beyond the arc. Aaron Brown lead all BC scorers with 20 on 6-of-12 shooting. Heckmann added 8 points on 3-of-6 shooting in his final game in the maroon and gold, while Clifford added 7 points and pulled down 8 boards.
Despite all that, BC managed to keep the deficit in the 8-10 range for most of the game until very late in the second half. The game never really felt all that close, but there were spots where a three rattling out here or a turnover there would've cut the Tar Heels lead to just 5-6 midway through the second half. It wasn't BC's best performance by any means, yet the team, as they've done for most of the year, hung tough up until the very end.
And so, we head into the offseason with arguably more questions about this program under Jim Christian than answers:
Was this Olivier Hanlan's last game as an Eagle? Probably.
Will guys like Idy Diallo, Darryl Hicks and Will Magarity return to form from injury next season? Hopefully.
Will Jim Christian once again dip into the fifth year graduate transfer market for 1-2 rent-a-player reinforcements in 2015-16? Likely.
Will there be a staff shakeup over the offseason with a guy like Scott Spinelli landing his first head coaching gig? Let's hope not.
Congratulations to BC's six seniors / graduate students -- Dimitri Batten, Aaron Brown, John Cain Carney, Alex Dragicevich, Eddie Odio and Patrick Heckmann. Best of luck to Lonnie Jackson at the next stop in his college career. And if this is it for Olivier Hanlan, thanks for a great three years on the Heights.
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