UNC Escapes With 73-60 Win Over Tigers


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CLEMSON,SC - For any other North Carolina team it would have been the dagger in
Clemson's heart.


North Carolina guard Jason Capel hit 3-pointer with 10:21 left that put the
Tar Heels up by 13. He turned to the crowd behind press row and let out a
Ric Flair - like "wooooo."


This isn't a normal North Carolina team.


Just over three minutes later, Clemson had the lead down to two (58-56). The
Tigers hit just one shot down the rest of the game and North Carolina (14-9
overall, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) ran away with a 73-60 win over
Clemson (8-14, 2-7) in front of 10,300 at Littlejohn Coliseum Sunday
afternoon.


"It wasn't so much what they did," said Clemson guard Ed Scott. "Our shots
just didn't fall."


After Adrius Jurkunas tipped in a missed free throw to pull the Tigers
within two with 7:02 left in the game, he missed two 3-pointers. Will
Solomon had a shot blocked in the lane and then Jurkunas missed a 10-footer
from the baseline.


Scott hit two free throws to cut the lead to 62-58 with 3:09 left, but
Jurkunas threw the ball away on Clemson's next trip down the floor. Solomon
missed a 3-pointer, Adam Allenspach missed a shot from the top of the key
and Jurkunas missed another 3-pointer before Allenspach tipped in Jurkunas'
miss with 56 seconds left.


By then North Carolina had stretch its lead to 12 points.


"I thought we were getting shot after shot that we liked," said Shyatt. "We
were getting wide open looks."


North Carolina meanwhile went to the line for eight of its points during the
12-2 run. The Tar Heels survived like the Tar Heels of old even if this
isn't a typical North Carolina team.


"They're a lot better now than when we played them in January (a 20-point
win by North Carolina)," said head coach Bill Guthridge. "It's hard stopping
(Will) Solomon. Toward the end, we didn't a good job. We getting up on him
more and when he drove, our big guys did a good job stopping him."


Solomon, who was guarded by freshman Joseph Forte most of the afternoon,
scored 26. However, just 10 came in the second half. He had eight points
during Clemson's 13-2 run that cut the lead to two. Solomon hit two
3-pointers and a runner in the lane. He missed all three shots he took in
the final seven minutes.


"Forte started guarding Solomon closer," said Guthridge. "Our guys did a
good job because Solomon is a handful."


North Carolina had a five-point lead (35-30) at the half after Ed Cota, who
led his team with 17 points, hit a 3-pointer with three seconds left in the
half. North Carolina then started the second half by hitting its first four
shots to take a 44-32 lead with 16:48 left.


"In the first five minutes of the half, we had four wide open looks and they
did too," said Shyatt. "They hit theirs and we didn't. I would like to think
Carolina had something to do with that."


So would Bill Guthridge, who was hoping his team would show to tendencies of
old.


"This was an important game for us," he said. "Extra important. We needed a
road win. Hopefully we can build on it."


NORTH CAROLINA
                          FG   3PT   FT    Reb
 No Player           Min  M-A   M-A  M-A   O-D-T   A PF ST TO BK PTS
 00 Brendan Haywood   31  3-4   0-0  5-6   3-5-8   3  3  0  0  1  11
 25 Jason Capel       34  5-9   4-5  0-0   0-4-4   1  2  0  1  1  14
 42 Kris Lang         28  5-10  0-0  2-3   0-4-4   0  2  0  1  1  12
  5 Ed Cota           39  6-10  1-3  4-5   0-6-6   7  1  1  3  0  17
 40 Joseph Forte      30  3-8   1-4  4-4   0-6-6   2  3  0  2  1  11
 24 Max Owens         10  1-2   1-2  3-4   0-0-0   0  0  0  0  0   6
  0 Julius Peppers    18  1-1   0-0  0-0   0-1-1   0  0  0  1  0   2
 44 Will Johnson       4  0-0   0-0  0-0   0-1-1   0  1  0  0  0   0
 21 Terrence Newby     2  0-1   0-0  0-0   0-0-0   1  0  0  1  0   0
 11 Michael Brooker    1  0-0   0-0  0-0   0-0-0   0  0  0  0  0   0
 14 Jon Holmes         1  0-1   0-1  0-0   0-0-0   0  0  0  0  0   0
 32 Orlando Melendez   1  0-0   0-0  0-0   0-0-0   0  0  0  1  0   0
  0 Jim Everett        1  0-0   0-0  0-0   0-1-1   0  1  0  0  0   0
    Totals           200 24-46 7-15 18-22 3-28-31 14 13  1 10  4  73

Percentages: FG .522, 3PT .467, FT .818. Team Rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 0.

CLEMSON FG 3PT FT Reb No Player Min M-A M-A M-A O-D-T A PF ST TO BK PTS 55 Adam Allenspach 28 2-9 0-1 0-0 2-2-4 2 3 1 3 0 4 3 Andrius Jurkunas 35 2-10 1-8 0-0 2-1-3 3 3 1 2 2 5 42 Chucky Gilmore 31 3-5 0-0 4-4 1-3-4 1 2 0 0 0 10 15 Will Solomon 36 10-18 6-7 0-1 1-1-2 1 4 1 0 0 26 10 Ed Scott 36 3-9 1-6 2-2 0-3-3 3 2 1 0 0 9 24 Dustin Braddick 24 2-5 0-2 0-0 0-2-2 3 0 1 0 0 4 21 Ray Henderson 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-5-5 0 3 0 1 0 2 33 Pasha Bains 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1-1 0 1 0 0 0 0 Totals 200 23-58 8-24 6-7 6-18-24 13 18 5 6 2 60

Percentages: FG .397, 3PT .333, FT .857. Team Rebounds: 1. Team Turnovers: 0.

North Carolina 35 38-73 Clemson 30 30-60


Officials-Karl Hess, Mike Wood, Leslie Jones.

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