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UNC beats BC 82-70 despite Hairston's injury
NORTH CAROLINA 82, BOSTON COLLEGE 70

BOSTON (AP) -- P.J. Hairston ignited a first-half run and scored
14 points before he was taken off the court on a stretcher after
a scary fall late in the opening half of North Carolina's 82-70
win over Boston College on Tuesday night.



Hairston banged the back of his head on the floor after
colliding with teammate Dexter Strickland. A North Carolina
spokesman said he suffered a concussion, but was not going to be
taken to the hospital.



James Michael McAdoo led North Carolina (14-6, 4-3 Atlantic
Coast Conference) with 17 points and 10 boards. Strickland added
14 points.



Olivier Hanlan scored 22 points, Ryan Anderson 16 and Patrick
Heckmann 12 for the Eagles (9-11, 1-6).



Boston College lost its fifth straight game.



North Carolina, which entered its sixth straight week out of The
AP Top 25 after spending 33 consecutive weeks ranked, opened a
double-digit lead midway into the first half and coasted to the
win despite losing Hairston.



The scary moment came with 4:02 left in the half when Hairston
collided with Strickland as they were contesting a shot by
Heckmann. After banging into his teammate while they were both
in the air, Hairston fell backward to the floor and hit his
head.



Hairston connected on all four 3-point attempts and hit two free
throws before he was injured.



Hairston was on the floor for a lengthy time being attended by
the medical staff - with coach Roy Williams at his side. After
he was helped to his feet, he attempted to slowly walk to the
locker room - with each arm draped over a teammate - but he
appeared to become woozy and was helped to the floor where he
sat until paramedics brought a stretcher.



Surrounded by medical personnel, he was carted down a long
hallway past the North Carolina locker room and into a medical
room in the building, where he was expected to stay for the rest
of the game. He left to an ovation, with a few players from BC
standing at midcourt and applauding.



North Carolina, which led by 15 at halftime, kept BC from making
a charge by getting timely transition baskets early in the
second half.



When BC looked like it might put a scare into North Carolina,
Marcus Paige and Reggie Bullock hit 3s that helped maintain a
comfortable lead.



Heckmann's three-point play had cut it to 67-56, but Bullock
followed with a trey from the left wing with 7 minutes left.



The Tar Heels, ranked as high as No. 9 in the nation in
November, opened the game with sloppy play. Their shooting
didn't help either as they missed six of their first seven shots
until Hairston entered the game and sparked a 16-2 run over a
3-minute stretch by hitting three from beyond the arc.



BC jumped to a 10-5 edge before Hairston's 3 from the right wing
ignited the run. After a 3-pointer by Bullock and a short jumper
in the lane by Desmond Hubert, Hairston nailed a 3 from the top
of the key. Brice Johnson then sank a baseline jumper before
Hairston hit another trey, making it 21-12 with 1:30 left in the
opening half.



During the spree, Carolina went 6 for 6 from the floor.



The Tar Heels maintained their double-digit lead for the
remainder of the half - thanks in part to three straight baskets
by Jackson Simmons - and led 48-33 at intermission.



Behind Hairston's success from long range, the Tar Heels were 5
of 8 from behind the arc in the first half. They also shot 52.9
percent overall (18 of 34) and outrebounded the smaller Eagles
18-10.



The Tar Heels play their next two games at home, hosting
Virginia Tech Saturday and Wake Forest on Tuesday.



BC next hosts Clemson on Saturday.

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