Clemson missed an opportunity to end the losing streak at Chapel Hill as they fell 75-65 to North Carolina. In case you didn’t know, the streak now stands at 55. If you watched the broadcast you know that unless you were in a coma.
There won’t be too many better opportunities for the Tigers to get their first win in Chapel Hill. The Heels were playing their third game in five days after being blownout by Georgia Tech on Sunday.
Four Tigers finished in double-figures. Demontez Stitt, Andre Young and Devin Booker all finished with 11. Bryan Narcisse came off the bench to add 10 critical points including two critical three-pointers that helped Clemson climb back into the game in the second half.
After setting records for their shooting performance against Georgia Tech the Tigers couldn’t find the basket Tuesday night. The Tigers shot only 36 percent from the field and only 50 percent from the line.
Clemson took the lead 7-5 on Tanner Smith’s three-pointer with 17:20 to go in the half.
The Heels went on a 5-0 run to take the lead 10-7 before Andre Young tied the game with a three. North Carolina went on another run thanks to Clemson turnovers and regained the lead 16-10.
Clemson went on a 7-0 run to retake the lead 17-16 on another Andre Young three-pointer.
Tanner Smith went down with an injury midway through the first half with a knee sprain. He would not return to the game. With 8:47 to go in the half Jerai Grant picked up his second foul.
With 5:50 to go in the first half UNC stretched the lead to 35-28. The Heels stretched the lead to 39-30 before the Tigers went on a 4-0 run to cut the lead to 39-34.
North Carolina surged again late and took a 46-38 lead to the half. Milton Jennings and Devin Booker led the Tigers in scoring at the half with eight each. The Tigers shot only 45 percent in the first half and were only 1-4 from the line. The Heels took 13 first half free throws.
The Heels stretched the lead to 12 with 14:58 to go in the game. The Tigers fought back to tie the game with 7:40 to go at 63-63.
With 7:10 to go Grant missed inside with a chance to give the Tigers the lead. Andre Young missed an open three-pointer with 6:00 to go that would have given the Tigers the lead. With 5:20 to go the Tigers missed another three that would have given them the lead. The Heels finally broke the tie with a three-pointer from Barnes.
With three minutes to go Demontez Stitt turned it over with the Tigers down 66-65 as Clemson missed another opportunity to take the lead.
North Carolina ran away with the game in the final minutes as the Tigers would score only one time in the final 7:20 seconds of the game.
The Tigers fell to 13-5 on the season and 2-2 in the ACC. Clemson travels to Maryland on Saturday.