Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Turning on Heels: Bc Wins No. 1 Seed N. Carolina Loses 75-72

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Turning on Heels: Bc Wins No. 1 Seed N. Carolina Loses 75-72

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Boston College's Eagles are getting good at this upset business.

Exactly four months after pulling off the biggest shocker of the college football season, the Eagles staged a repeat on the basketball floor Sunday by knocking defending champion North Carolina out of the NCAA Tournament.

"This is clearly the best win since I've been coaching. I can't put into words how happy I am," eighth-year coach Jim O'Brien said after BC's 75-72 East Regional victory over the top-ranked and top-seeded Tar Heels.

Bill Curley, who scored 10 of Boston College's last 11 points, said: "I'm not really that surprised. We have a great deal of confidence in ourselves.

"Everybody was laughing at us, saying we didn't have a chance. But we believe in ourselves."

Boston College used timely 3-point shooting and hustling work on the boards to spoil North Carolina's bid to become the winningest team in the history of the NCAA Tournament. Both the Tar Heels and UCLA have won 63 games in the event.

The loss also ended North Carolina's run of 13 consecutive appearances in at least the regional semifinals.

"There's a lot of tears in that locker room," Carolina coach Dean Smith said. "But they're mature enough to know that there are bigger problems in this world."

Ninth-seeded Boston College (22-10) will meet Indiana, a 67-58 winner over Temple, in Friday's regional semifinals in Miami.

"I don't even want to hear about Indiana," said Gerrod Abram, who made six of the Eagles' 12 3-pointers and led Boston College with 21 points. "You can't even imagine how good it feels right now to know we just beat the No. 1 team."

BC secured its first trip to the round of 16 since 1985 by holding on after the Tar Heels (28-7) rallied from 14 down in the second half.

When it was over, the Eagles' fans at USAir Arena stormed the court in a scene similar to the celebration in South Bend, Ind., on Nov. 20, when Boston College's football team beat top-ranked Notre Dame.

"Four months exactly, huh? …

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