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UNC rolls to 68-59 win at Clemson

Posted February 28, 2013

FINAL: UNC 68, Clemson 59

North Carolina opened up a double-digit lead early at Clemson and coasted to a 68-59 win, improving to 20-8, (10-5 ACC) on the year. The Tar Heels got a balanced offensive effort as five different players reached double figures.

Clemson's Devin Booker led all scorers with 25 points and led all rebounders with 11. All five UNC starters finished in double digits led by Dexter Strickland's 16.

Clemson out-rebounded UNC 37-28 but UNC turned the ball over just nine times compared to Clemson's 16.

3:58 2nd: UNC 66, Clemson 52

UNC continues to control the pace and the scoreboard at the final media timeout as they lead Clemson by 14 points, 66-52.

UNC has 19 assists to just eight turnovers on the evening while they have forced 13 Tiger miscues.

6:36 2nd: UNC 59, Clemson 43

UNC has gone on a recent 9-3 run and have extended their lead to 16 points late in the second half at Clemson.

The Tar Heels now have four players in double figures as Dexter Strickland is up to 12 points and Marcus Paige has 10, joining Bullock and McAdoo. 

11:53 2nd: UNC 50, Clemson 40

Despite going ice cold from the floor over the last four minutes, UNC maintains a 10-point lead on Clemson midway through the second half.

The teams have combined to score six points in the last three and a half minutes going 0-for-4 with three turnovers and two fouls in that stretch.

15:06 2nd: UNC 48, Clemson 36

UNC used a couple takeaways to get transition buckets early and continue to lead Clemson by 12 points at the first break of the second half.

Reggie Bullock and James Michael McAdoo have each crossed into double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Devin Booker has 12 for Clemson.

HALFTIME: UNC 38, Clemson 24

After a fast-paced, well-played half, North Carolina takes a 14-point lead into the break at Clemson, 38-24.

The teams combined for just seven fouls and five turnovers in the first 20 minutes. UNC also had 12 assists on 15 field goals.

Reggie Bullock and Marcus Paige each sit on eight points with James Michael McAdoo sitting on seven and Leslie McDonald and Dexter Strickland each adding six. UNC also holds a 19-15 rebounding edge with McAdoo's 5 pacing the Heels.

3:24 1st: UNC 34, Clemson 24

Marcus Paige and Reggie Bullock each have eight points, six different Heels have scored and UNC leads Clemson by 10 late in the first half. 

UNC went on an 11-2 run midway through the half to build the lead, but the momentum has not swung as dramatically as the score indicates. 

Clemson is shooting just 40 percent from the floor but has turned it over just twice. 

7:47 1st: UNC 24, Clemson 18

Leslie McDonald has got into the action with two threes off of the bench and UNC leads Clemson by six midway through the first half. 

The pace has slowed noticeably as the teams are a combined 4-for-12 since getting off to a blazing start.

11:17 1st: UNC 18, Clemson 16

The second media timeout came quick as the first segment went long, but at the second break, UNC continues to lead Clemson, 18-16.

Reggie Bullock leads all scorers with eight points. UNC also has six assists on seven made field goals.

12:36 1st: UNC 17, Clemson 14

UNC has a pair of three-pointers from Marcus Paige and another seven points from Reggie Bullock as they have opened up a 17-14 lead on the Tigers at the first break.

Both teams are lighting it up from the field, shooting a combined 12-for-24, including 6-for-11 from three.

Clemson is playing without KJ McDaniels who reaggrivated an injured left ankle in shoot-around.

The teams have just one turnover and two fouls combined through the first seven-plus minutes.

20:00 1st: UNC vs. Clemson

On Dean Smith's 82nd birthday, UNC visits Clemson looking improve their tournament resume with a road win in the ACC. They will march out the familiar lineup of Dexter Strickland, Marcus Paige, Reggie Bullock, PJ Hairston and James Michael McAdoo.

UNC is just 3-4 on the road in conference play.

Pregame

The North Carolina Tar Heels look to notch their ninth 20-win season in a row as they visit Littlejohn Coliseum for an Atlantic Coast Conference tilt against the Clemson Tigers.

Roy Williams's Tar Heels are not quite as dominant as they were a season ago, but they have picked up some momentum in recent weeks. UNC coasted to a 76-65 victory over NC State on Saturday to register its third consecutive win and rise to 9-5 in the ACC standings. Reggie Bullock provided 22 points and a career-high 13 rebounds as the Tar Heels collected even more momentum with March Madness rapidly approaching.

Clemson fell to 5-9 in conference action on Saturday as it was dealt a 72-59 setback at Maryland. The loss was the second straight and fifth in six games for Brad Brownell's squad, which is sitting at the .500 mark after its recent slump. Devin Booker scored 16 points to mark the 11th time in 14 ACC games he finished in double digits.

The Tar Heels are 14-2 versus Clemson under Williams and own a 126-20 all-time series edge. This is the only regular-season matchup between these ACC rivals scheduled for the 2012-13 season.

UNC was expected to revolve around star sophomore James Michael McAdoo, who has been inconsistent throughout the campaign. The 6-foot-9 forward enters with averages of 14.7 points and 8.3 boards per game after netting 18 points and nine rebounds per outing over his last two games. Freshman guard Marcus Paige is coming off his best collegiate performance, as he racked up 14 points, eight assists, three steals and committed zero turnovers versus NC State. Bullock (14.1 ppg) and P.J. Hairston (13.3 ppg) are both carrying double-digit scoring averages into Thursday's action and have been key factors to the Tar Heels' recent improvement. UNC is one of the top offensive teams in the nation with averages of 78.1 points and 17.7 assists per game, but it is ninth in the ACC defensively with an allowed average of 69.3 ppg. North Carolina Logo More UNC Stories

The Tigers have been much better at home than on the road. They had their four-game home winning streak snapped on Feb. 10 when they lost on a last second 3-pointer to NC State. Clemson then let a four-point lead slip away in the final two minutes to drop a 47-45 decision to the then undefeated Miami- Hurricanes before its trip to College Park. Booker paces the team in both scoring (12.4) and rebounding (7.8), while K.J. McDaniels chips in 10.7 ppg. The Tigers have the least productive offensive unit in the ACC at 61.8 ppg, but they are trailing only Virginia with 58.6 points allowed per game defensively.

The Tar Heels have been stellar as of late, but their trip to Littlejohn Coliseum will be a telling affair. UNC can make a very strong impression on the NCAA Tournament committee with a convincing win, but the Tigers' strong interior play and defensive abilities will make that difficult to do. However, Hairston and Bullock's play on the perimeter should be enough to lift the visitors to the decision.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: North Carolina 67, Clemson 58

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  • Tar Heels Victory-Show No Mercer Mar 1, 12:32 p.m.

    atleast, she`s planning on passing TBK`s all-time mark lol

    — Posted by RDI762

    I will guarantee that if UNC plays a few in the NCAA's JGunn will surpass TBK on his best night,... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    Are you being serious or sarcastic?

    — Posted by Tar Heels Victory-Show No Mercer

    No. I'm totally serious. JGunn is the best poster on here, and I totally give her acclaim. W... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    It seems as though the flavor of your posts have changed. You were normally positive, but seem to have much more negativity, as of late

  • Hokies94 Feb 28, 9:43 p.m.

    atleast, she`s planning on passing TBK`s all-time mark lol

    — Posted by RDI762

    I will guarantee that if UNC plays a few in the NCAA's JGunn will surpass TBK on his best night,... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    Are you being serious or sarcastic?

    — Posted by Tar Heels Victory-Show No Mercer

    serious, He envy`s her

    — Posted by RDI762

    No. The word that you were looking for is being envious. I'm not the least bit envious of JGunn. She one of a percent of females on here that even write about Sports.

    Although. JGunn want's to be the best on here with any posting, article, topic, and etc....she shows up when it comes down to her school. Her favorite school. Nothing wrong with this. She judges people all too often when anyone will say anything like me that will challenge a few posters.

    And. Talk about drinking. Ha. I have read her postings more than several times when I knew she was drinking. Did I say anything about it? No. None of MY business. JGunn should learn this. Must be nice sitting at home and writing all day long. I had to work for 33 years to do this today. Heh. I really don't care if some of the weeds accuse me of drinking when I know the truth. I'll bet that I haven't had as much as some of you tonight. 2 beers tells the truth. You can't lie to yourself.

  • evadbbat Feb 28, 9:21 p.m.

    Nice job Heels,keep your foot on the gas!

  • Hokies94 Feb 28, 9:20 p.m.

    Nah. Not at all. I'm sure that when JGunn finishes this season she will wrack up more than all ... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    atleast, she`s planning on passing TBK`s all-time mark lol

    — Posted by RDI762

    I will guarantee that if UNC plays a few in the NCAA's JGunn will surpass TBK on his best night,... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    Are you being serious or sarcastic?

    — Posted by Tar Heels Victory-Show No Mercer

    No. I'm totally serious. JGunn is the best poster on here, and I totally give her acclaim. What are you guys talking about?

  • RDI762 Feb 28, 9:15 p.m.

    Nah. Not at all. I'm sure that when JGunn finishes this season she will wrack up more than all ... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    atleast, she`s planning on passing TBK`s all-time mark lol

    — Posted by RDI762

    I will guarantee that if UNC plays a few in the NCAA's JGunn will surpass TBK on his best night,... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    Are you being serious or sarcastic?

    — Posted by Tar Heels Victory-Show No Mercer

    serious, He envy`s her

  • RDI762 Feb 28, 9:14 p.m.

    I heard that the great gobbler sacrificed a bottle of Thunderbird and put a curse on your TV. He... View More

    — Posted by Dreamchaser

    Nah. Not at all. I'm sure that when JGunn finishes this season she will wrack up more than all ... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    atleast, she`s planning on passing TBK`s all-time mark lol

    — Posted by RDI762

    I will guarantee that if UNC plays a few in the NCAA's JGunn will surpass TBK on his best night,... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    She`s awesome !!!!

  • Tar Heels Victory-Show No Mercer Feb 28, 9:12 p.m.

    I heard that the great gobbler sacrificed a bottle of Thunderbird and put a curse on your TV. He... View More

    — Posted by Dreamchaser

    Nah. Not at all. I'm sure that when JGunn finishes this season she will wrack up more than all ... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    atleast, she`s planning on passing TBK`s all-time mark lol

    — Posted by RDI762

    I will guarantee that if UNC plays a few in the NCAA's JGunn will surpass TBK on his best night,... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    Are you being serious or sarcastic?

  • Hokies94 Feb 28, 9:11 p.m.

    It IS a new TV. Uh oh. Your sound isn't going on and off? SO far, it's only on ESPN - all... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    I heard that the great gobbler sacrificed a bottle of Thunderbird and put a curse on your TV. He... View More

    — Posted by Dreamchaser

    Nah. Not at all. I'm sure that when JGunn finishes this season she will wrack up more than all ... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    atleast, she`s planning on passing TBK`s all-time mark lol

    — Posted by RDI762

    I will guarantee that if UNC plays a few in the NCAA's JGunn will surpass TBK on his best night, year, and etc...she writes on average on 60-80 anytime UNC plays basketball and football. So; do the numbers.

    She is the real deal. I so admire anyone with that much energy. Get's up and post's before 7:30 am. Wow. And she still has the energy to follow-up on anyone that will pose a threat and that says anything negative about UNC. Even though she never graduated from what? She has a great influence on some. She's a great quoter too.

    I've never met a guro. JGunn is the closest to a female that knows all about any thing regarding Sports.

  • bblack Feb 28, 9:08 p.m.

    going in, I thought THIS could be one of those games the Heels over look and take an L.... not a great game but a win is a win.

  • Heelraiser RIP Feb 28, 9:08 p.m.

    Good win for the Heels. Clemson is usually a tough place to play. Now go Hoos!

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