For the first time since 2010 and only its second win in the last 22 meetings, 20th-ranked Clemson defeated No. 19 North Carolina, 82-78, in Littlejohn Coliseum Tuesday night.
With the win, head coach Brad Brownell recorded his first career victory over the Tar Heels.
Clemson (18-4, 7-3 ACC) was led by senior Marcquise Reed who tallied 20 points, Gabe DeVoe who scored 17 points, and Shelton Mitchell who recorded 14 points. DeVoe’s energy and success behind the arc sparked the Tigers energy early, which allowed Clemson to gain a 16-point lead by halftime.
The Tar Heels (16-7, 5-5 ACC) rallied back in the second half to cut Clemson’s 16-point lead and tied the game at 74 with 2:05 to play. But, big plays from Reed, DeVoe, Mitchell, as well as David Skara’s late three-pointer lifted the Tigers in the end to snap a 10-game losing streak to North Carolina.
Clemson went 15-of-30 from 3-point range in the contest, which is the most made threes in the Brownell era and tied for the second most in Clemson history.
Following the game, Brad Brownell spoke to the media about his team’s victory over the Tar Heels. Here is what he had to say: