Tigers go cold, waste chance against Heels


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Rod Hall (4) takes it to the basket against the North Carolina Tar Heels. (Dannie Walls / Icon SMI)

CHAPEL HILL, NC – On any trip to Chapel Hill, all you can ask for is a chance, and a chance the Clemson Tigers had on Saturday.

Clemson trailed the North Carolina Tar Heels by just six points midway through Saturday’s second half and had five consecutive possessions with the opportunity to cut the lead to four or under, but failed to score on each possession.

The Tar Heels made the Tigers pay for the drought, eventually finding their range, and pulled away for a 75-52 victory at the Dean E. Smith Center, their 56th consecutive win over the Tigers in Chapel Hill.

“I don’t feel like we played particularly well today,” Clemson head coach Brad BrownellBrad Brownell
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said. “We had it 47-41 and turned it over five out of six possessions, and you can't do that.”

The Tigers (13-13 overall, 5-7 ACC) had two critical scoring droughts in the game, a 5:15 stretch in the first half and seven minute drought in the second half. The loss was the largest for a Brownell-coached team at Clemson and Clemson’s 15 turnovers were the most for the Tigers in an ACC game this season.

“It is hard to score on their size and length,” Brownell said. “They can guard you harder out on the perimeter and deny more things. I thought we did pretty good against them early on, but then we had those two droughts. We got some reasonably good shots - we just didn’t make any, which has happened to our team this year.”

The Heels (23-4, 10-2) came out of the half and threated to make it a rout early, going up by 12 at 43-31 with just over 15 minutes remaining in the game.

The Tigers found some momentum, however, and began to chip away. T.J. SappT.J. Sapp
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and Tanner SmithTanner Smith
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each hit 3-pointers during the run, and Smith then hit a layup with 11:56 remaining in the game that made it 47-41 North Carolina.

UNC’s Tyler Zeller had the ball hit off his hands out of bounds, and the Tigers seemed poised to make a run at the streak. Despite the defense playing tough, the Tigers couldn’t get it going on offense as Smith, Jennings and McDaniels turned it over on consecutive possessions, and two more possessions ended in missed shots.


John Henson finally broke the scoreless spell with a layup on the offensive end, starting a run where the Tigers were outscored 27-11 the rest of the way. Clemson went the last 7:42 of the contest without a field goal.

“We had six stops in a row, and that gives you a chance to get back into the game,” Brownell said. “We just didn’t have any success offensively.”

The first half was all Tar Heels early as they used their size advantage to own the paint while Harrison Barnes owned the outside. Point guard Kendall Marshall hit Justin Watts cutting to the baseline for a Watts’ dunk, giving UNC its biggest lead of the half at 29-14 with just under three minutes to play.

The Tigers managed to make it respectable by intermission however, as Devin BookerDevin Booker
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finally got on track, hitting a three-point play and then scoring on another dunk to make it 31-19 Heels. It appeared the Heels would be able to hold it for the last shot, but Marshall turned it over and Clemson had a last chance with just four seconds remaining.

Andre YoungAndre Young
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took the inbounds passed and calmly drained a 3-pointer of three Heels as time expired in the half with the Heels ahead 31-22.

The Tigers play at Georgia Tech on Tuesday in a 7 p.m. tipoff.






VISITORS: Clemson 13-13, 5-7 ACC
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
21 Narcisse, Bryan..... f  0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   2   0  1  0  0  1  17
24 Jennings, Milton.... f  3-7    1-2    2-2    0  3  3   2   9  2  5  1  2  30
31 Booker, Devin....... f  4-9    0-1    1-1    1  8  9   1   9  2  3  1  1  27
05 Smith, Tanner....... g  2-6    1-3    1-2    0  3  3   0   6  4  1  0  1  36
11 Young, Andre........ g  5-13   3-7    0-0    1  1  2   2  13  1  3  0  1  35
01 Sapp, T.J...........    1-2    1-1    0-0    0  1  1   1   3  0  1  0  0   6
02 Fields, Carson......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
04 Hall, Rod...........    0-0    0-0    2-4    0  1  1   1   2  0  0  0  1   9
10 Baciu, Catalin......    2-3    0-0    1-2    1  1  2   1   5  0  0  1  0  13
15 Coleman, Devin......    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   6
22 Sullivan, Bernard...    0-2    0-0    1-3    0  0  0   0   1  0  0  0  0   5
32 McDaniels, K.J......    1-4    0-3    2-2    1  0  1   2   4  0  2  0  0  15
   TEAM................                         1  2  3
   Totals..............   18-48   6-17  10-16   5 21 26  12  52 10 15  3  7 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  9-28 32.1%   2nd Half:  9-20 45.0%   Game: 37.5%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-10 20.0%   2nd Half:  4-7  57.1%   Game: 35.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  2-3  66.7%   2nd Half:  8-13 61.5%   Game: 62.5%    3


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HOME TEAM: North Carolina 23-4, 10-2 ACC
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
31 Henson, John........ f  6-14   0-0    1-2    1  7  8   1  13  1  0  3  2  31
40 Barnes, Harrison.... f  9-18   3-6    3-4    2  5  7   1  24  2  3  0  2  31
44 Zeller, Tyler....... f  6-9    0-0    2-2    2  5  7   2  14  0  3  1  1  30
05 Marshall, Kendall... g  2-4    0-1    0-0    0  1  1   3   4 13  3  0  1  35
35 Bullock, Reggie..... g  4-7    3-5    0-0    3  3  6   1  11  2  1  0  0  28
11 White, Stilman......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   2   0  1  0  0  0   4
14 Hubert, Desmond.....    2-2    0-0    0-0    2  0  2   0   4  0  0  1  1   7
15 Hairston, P.J.......    0-3    0-2    0-0    0  2  2   1   0  0  1  0  0   6
21 Simmons, Jackson....    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
22 Dupont, David.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
24 Watts, Justin.......    1-2    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   2   2  0  0  1  0  13
30 Crouch, Patrick.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  1  0  0   1
34 Cooper, Stewart.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
43 McAdoo, James Michae    1-3    0-0    0-0    0  3  3   1   2  0  0  1  0  11
   TEAM................                         1  1  2
   Totals..............   31-63   6-14   6-8   11 28 39  15  74 19 12  7  7 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-34 41.2%   2nd Half: 17-29 58.6%   Game: 49.2%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-7  42.9%   2nd Half:  3-7  42.9%   Game: 42.9%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  0-0   0.0%   2nd Half:  6-8  75.0%   Game: 75.0%    2


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Officials: Les Jones, Jim Burr, Dwayne Gladden
Technical fouls: Clemson-None. North Carolina-None.
Attendance: 21750
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Clemson.......................   22   30  -   52
North Carolina................   31   43  -   74

Points in the paint-CU 22,NC 36. Points off turnovers-CU 14,NC 16.
2nd chance points-CU 9,NC 17. Fast break points-CU 2,NC 4.
Bench points-CU 15,NC 8. Score tied-2 times. Lead changed-1 time.
Last FG-CU 2nd-07:42, NC 2nd-00:15.
Largest lead-CU by 5 1st-17:38, NC by 22 2nd-01:31.

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