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Posted: Monday January 5, 2009 2:32PM; Updated: Monday January 5, 2009 2:32PM

The Dean's List: BC Ballers

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Boston College had quite the friendly New Year's greeting for North Carolina

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By Jacob E. Osterhout

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Boston College point guard Tyrese Rice led Boston College past No. 1 UNC with 25 points and eight assists.
Boston College point guard Tyrese Rice led Boston College past No. 1 UNC with 25 points and eight assists.
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Welcome to the first Dean's List of 2009. It's shaping up to be a tough year for the American automobile driver. The powers that be have already clocked Matt Dillon going 106 mph, nailed both Charles Barkley and Sam Shepard with DUIs and cleaned up the thousands of shoes someone dumped on a Miami expressway. Here's a good New Year's resolution: slow down and tie your shoes.

Honor Roll

• How about Boston College! The BC men's basketball team did the impossible, knocking off North Carolina 85-78 in Chapel Hill. And BC did it with guard play. Point guard Tyrese Rice scored 25 points and dished out eight assists, guard Rakim Sanders dropped 22 points and freshman guard Reggie Jackson (no relation to the slugger) contributed 17. The Tar Heel guards, on the other hand, couldn't have hit water if they'd been sitting in a boat. UNC shot 38 percent from the field, with starters Wayne Ellington, Danny Green and Ty Lawson making only 13 of their 39 field goal attempts. North Carolina fans should not despair, however. This could be a win-win situation for both teams. It's a great victory for BC in its ACC opener and not a terrible loss for the Tar Heels, who can now stop worrying about going undefeated and concentrate on winning a national championship.

• I'm from Washington, DC, but I've never been a die-hard Maryland football fan. That doesn't mean, however, that I don't like Terrapins coach Ralph Friedgen. On the contrary, I think he's one of the best coaches in the game, maybe not for X's and O's, but he's the kind of guy you'd want responsible for your son's college maturation. Just look at the way Friedgen caught seven players, including star running back Da'Rel Scott, breaking curfew before Maryland's matchup against Nevada in the Humanitarian Bowl. Coach got all sneaky and set up an extra double-secret bed check that caught the group of players, who thought they could sneak out after the original bed check. "They don't know this was not my first rodeo," Friedgen said. And he was magnanimous in delivering his punishment, as well. Friedgen didn't allow the guilty players to start, but out of pity for the three seniors, subbed them in after the first half. And Maryland won 42-35, due in no small part to Scott's 174 rushing yards, all of which came in the second half.

• Pop quiz, hot shot: Who is the all-time leading scorer in Santa Clara University men's basketball history? If you answered Steve Nash, you'd be wrong, since you obviously forgot about Kurt Rambis. The bespectacled, mustachioed forward, who won four titles with the Los Angles Lakers, had his No. 34 Santa Clara jersey retired last Monday. For the rabid Rambis fans out there, and there are a lot of them, it was about time. From 1976 to 1980, the 6-foot-8 hustler scored a school-record 1,736 points and received WCC freshman of the year and, as a senior, conference player of the year honors. Rambis becomes the seventh Santa Clara player to have his jersey retired. Can you name the other six? (I'll publish them in next week's Dean's List.)

• On Saturday, Northern State coach Don Meyer tied Bob Knight for most wins by an NCAA men's basketball coach when the NSU Wolves beat the Upper Iowa University Peacocks 63-58. Make no mistake, Meyer's quest for 902 career wins hasn't been easy. He lost his left leg in a car accident last September and, during emergency surgery after the crash, doctors discovered cancer in Meyer's liver and intestines. He continues to coach despite his rehab and cancer treatments. With Meyer's 902nd career win, the NSU Wolves improved to 11-2 on the season.

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