Missed Opportunity

Missed Opportunity

Basketball

Missed Opportunity

By

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.

Latest

12hr

After signing one cornerback as part of the 2021 class in four-star Nathaniel Wiggins, Clemson plans to take at least two corners in the 2022 class, possibly three. In our 

12hr

Last year, Clemson tied with Pitt for the national lead in sacks. The Tigers recorded 46 sacks, while dropping opposing quarterbacks for 307 yards, 27 more yards than any team in the country. Clemson ranked (…)

15hr

COLUMBIA — Andrew Eyster hit a walk-off double for a second day in a row to beat rival Clemson. This time the outfielder did it with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, as No. 16 South Carolina beat (…)

16hr

The Clemson Softball team completed the series sweep over Elon with an 8-0 victory in five innings on Sunday afternoon at McWhorter Stadium. The Tigers held Elon scoreless over the course of all three (…)

20hr

It didn’t take Andrew Mukuba long to make a good impression on his first day of practice at Clemson. The true freshman safety caught the eye of senior safety Nolan Turner when the Tigers opened spring (…)

More The Clemson Insider