P.J. Hairston Injured as North Carolina Cruises to Win at Boston College

Thad NovakCorrespondent IJanuary 29, 2013

Jan 29, 2013; Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA; A trainer holds the neck of North Carolina Tar Heels guard P.J. Hairston (15) after he was injured during the first half against the Boston College Eagles at Conte Forum.   Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Boston College played its heart out for the home fans, but the North Carolina Tar Heels were too much. North Carolina cruised to an 82-70 victory tonight at Chestnut Hill.

Tar Heel star James Michael McAdoo notched his second double-double in three games, finishing with 17 points and 10 boards as the Tar Heels won the battle on the glass by eight. Marcus Paige started quietly, but he turned in a fine performance in the end, dishing out six assists against just one turnover.

The biggest news for North Carolina, though, is the status of guard P.J. Hairston, who received a concussion in a first-half collision with teammate Dexter Strickland. Hairston did appear visibly improved during a brief stay on the Tar Heel bench after halftime, but concussions are always serious business, and there's no doubt that everyone involved is wishing the best for Hairston's speedy recovery.

Freshman Olivier Hanlan carried the B.C. offense with 22 points on 7-for-15 shooting, but just didn't have enough help. Three-point specialist Lonnie Jackson had an especially rough night, hitting just 1-for-6 from beyond the arc.

The Eagles also allowed UNC to shoot 7-for-13 from long range, which is the kind of stat you never want to be on the receiving end of.

The win puts North Carolina back over .500 in conference play at 4-3, while Boston College slides to a painful 1-6.