Jared Hamilton, Derryck Thornton lead Eagles, spoil Cole Anthony’s return

Hamilton made two free throws with 17.2 seconds left to give Boston College the win.

Boston College guard Jay Heath scored 12 points in the team's win over North Carolina. –The Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Jared Hamilton scored 18 points and made 2 of 3 free throws with 17.2 seconds remaining to lift Boston College to a 71-70 victory over North Carolina on Saturday night.

Derryck Thornton added 15 points for the Eagles (11-11, 5-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), who spoiled the return of North Carolina point guard Cole Anthony after a seven-week absence.

Anthony, North Carolina’s star freshman point guard and leading scorer, had 26 points in his first action since he had arthroscopic surgery Dec. 16 to repair a partially torn meniscus in his right knee. His desperation 3-pointer just before the final buzzer came up short.

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Jay Heath scored 12 points and Nik Popovic had 10 for the Eagles, who snapped a 12-game losing streak to North Carolina. Boston College shot 46% from the floor and picked up its first win over the Tar Heels since Feb. 20, 2010.

Brandon Robinson had 12 points on 5-of-16 shooting for North Carolina (10-11, 3-7) before leaving the court injured after fouling Hamilton on the game-deciding 3-point try.

Armando Bacot added 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Garrison Brooks had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels. North Carolina shot 22 of 61 (36%), including 4 of 19 from 3-point range.

BIG PICTURE

Boston College: With five losses in their previous six games, the Eagles needed this one. They matched their ACC win total from last season and stayed within striking distance of a .500 record in conference play, something they haven’t achieved since the 2010-11 season.

North Carolina: The Tar Heels had some momentum after back-to-back wins against Miami and North Carolina State, and Anthony’s return figured give them a boost. But they came up short at home in a game they needed to win. They face a big challenge with four of their final 10 games against teams ranked in the Top 10.

UP NEXT

Boston College: The Eagles host No. 9 Duke, whom they’ve beaten one time in the last 13 meetings, on Tuesday night.

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North Carolina: The Tar Heels play at No. 5 Florida State, which is 10-0 at home this season, on Monday night.