Clemson 52 North Carolina 74 Final
CHAPEL HILL, NC – Clemson shot just 37 percent from the floor and
committed 15 turnovers as North Carolina pulled away in the second half
for a 74-52 victory over the Tigers a the Dean Smith Center on Saturday.
With the win, No. 8/7 North Carolina improved to 23-4 on the season, 10-2
in the ACC. The Tigers fell to 13-13 overall, 5-7 in conference play.
UNC ended the game on a 27-11 run after Clemson cut the lead to six in the
second half. The Tigers did not make a field goal in the final seven plus
The Tigers were led offensively by Andre Young, who scored a team-best 13
points. He made 3-of-7 from behind the arc. Devin Booker and Milton
Jennings both added nine points apiece, with Booker leading Clemson with
nine rebounds. For the Tar Heels, Harrison Barnes scored a game-high 24
while Kendall Marshall handed out 13 assists.
Clemson led early 7-2 behind five quick points from Young, but the Tar
Heels responded with a 9-0 run punctuated by a dunk from John Henson. The
UNC lead grew to 12 at 23-11 as Barnes hit a pair of three-point shots in
a span of a minute and a half.
The Tiger defense held Carolina at arm’s length in the final minutes of
the opening half. UNC scored just six points in the final five minutes,
as Clemson scored eight points during the stretch, including five from
Booker. Young took the ball with 4.1 seconds left after a Tiger stop and
launched a 25-footer that was true, making it 31-22 at half in favor of
the Tar Heels.
Clemson pulled to within six early in the second frame as Young buried a
three off an offensive rebound. Carolina extended the lead to double
digits at 45-33, but the Tigers again were within six after an 8-2 run
that featured a three from freshman T.J. Sapp and five straight points by
Smith, the last two by a steal and layup on the other end. But, Clemson
turned the ball over on three straight trips and then missed a pair of
shots to come up empty on five straight possessions.
The deficit back at 10, Clemson scored a couple of baskets to trim the
lead to eight, including a driving baseline dunk by K.J. McDaniels, but
the Tar Heels continued to surge offensively and pushed it to 58-47. The
lead was never lower than 10 the final eight minutes of the game.
The Tigers return to action Tuesday to face Georgia Tech at Philips Arena
in Atlanta. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 PM tipoff.
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