For the first time since 2010, 20th-ranked Clemson defeated No. 19 North Carolina 82-78 in Littlejohn Coliseum on Tuesday night. With the win, head coach Brad Brownell recorded his first career victory over the Tar Heels as well as the program’s second victory in the past 22 meetings.
Clemson (18-4, 7-3 ACC) was led by seniors Gabe DeVoe and Shelton Mitchell who recorded 17 points and 14 points, respectively. Play execution and big-time three pointers from DeVoe sparked the Tigers energy early, which allowed Clemson to gain a 16-point lead by halftime.
Late in the second half, the Tar Heels (16-7, 5-5 ACC) fought back to cut the Tiger’s 16-point lead and tied the game at 74 with 2:05 to play. But, DeVoe and Mitchell’s big time plays 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, DeVoe and Mitchell spoke on the win over the Tar Heels. Here is what they had to say: