NCAAB Game Recap - Clemson at North Carolina
Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:30 PM EST

Gonz
87
LoyMa
62
F
Wake
59
Duke
90
F
Baylor
67
Kansas
55
F
UGA
60
Aub
82
F
Bois
65
SDSU
83
F
AzSt
69
Oreg
78
F
OhSt
54
Ind
66
F
Lou
67
ND
64
F
Alab
67
KY
76
F
UMass
60
Dayt
88
F
GTown
66
Vill
80
F
TxTch
54
WVU
66
F
Syr
63
UVA
55
F(OT)
Wisc
58
PSU
49
F
Tul
65
Temp
51
F
Cin
68
UCF
54
F
Rut
51
Ill
54
F
DeP
67
StJon
74
F
SCar
55
Tenn
56
F
Wagn
62
RobM
94
F
BGSU
83
Ohio
74
F
Vermt
74
UMBC
50
F
Lafy
65
LoyMD
62
F
Army
59
Boston
81
F
SMU
68
ECU
71
F
NCC
66
DelSt
68
F
OkSt
40
TCU
52
F
Detr
67
YSU
69
F
Crei
77
Xav
65
F
Charl
56
W&M
67
F
NCSU
58
VaTec
72
F
URI
65
VACom
56
F
Del
68
Tows
84
F
Samf
67
Chat
105
F
Ford
44
StBon
64
F
Campbl
63
Radf
68
F
GMas
76
LaSal
63
F
IlSt
52
IndSt
65
F
ULMo
62
GASt
84
F
HolyC
60
Buck
75
F
StJos
83
David
89
F(OT)
Denv
80
W IL
86
F
CoCar
82
TexAr
77
F
FlInt
78
Rice
92
F
Maine
70
Albany
76
F
Oakl
68
Clev
55
F
E IL
66
MorSt
69
F
TexAM
69
Vand
50
F
CenMI
73
Kent
79
F
(N/A)
58
CenCT
46
F
Norf
71
How
63
F
Hou
61
Tuls
63
F
Copp
80
BethC
85
F
Duques
66
GrgWas
61
F
Drake
61
Valpa
66
F
SoMis
70
TexSA
80
F
NrthIA
80
MOSt
57
F
FlAtl
58
N TX
81
F
Evans
44
LoyIL
78
F
MtStM
67
Bry
65
F
FlGlf
66
Stetsn
62
F(OT)
Marq
55
Seton
69
F
HiPt
62
Presb
77
F
OlDom
47
Charl
53
F
Colg
70
Navy
63
F
Drex
78
JMU
71
F
ULLa
51
GaSo
71
F
UNCW
63
Elon
80
F
SIU-E
72
E KY
78
F
VMI
55
ETSU
61
F
SamH
82
CenAR
89
F
NCAT
91
MD-ES
53
F
Morg
68
FlaAM
77
F
NebOm
81
SDak
91
F
Clem
79
UNC
76
F(OT)
Nebras
57
NW
62
F
E MI
68
NIU
71
F
NWSt
76
McNee
85
F
TXAMC
56
AbCh
68
F
FaDi
70
LongI
84
F
Nich
69
SeLA
58
F
N AL
82
Lipsco
69
F
NJIT
78
NFla
66
F
Troy
68
ArkSt
76
F(OT)
ColSt
81
SJSU
70
F
App
57
TxSt
82
F
APSU
71
JacSt
67
F
Mercer
71
WCU
79
F
Jacksn
37
Lib
54
F
NOrl
70
InWor
73
F
TNSt
75
SEMO
73
F
Belm
85
TN-M
78
F
SthAL
52
ArkLR
43
F
Bingha
66
UMassL
85
F
UNCA
71
ChaSo
69
F
GaTec
71
BC
52
F
WaSt
62
Stan
88
F
IdaSt
71
NoAZ
67
F
UMKC
71
NMSt
74
F
AF
78
NM
84
F
Ark
76
Miss
72
F
W Ky
69
MidTN
53
F
StLou
74
Rich
58
F
Longw
80
Hamp
83
F
JackSt
76
Alc
65
F
Gram
61
South
56
F
Citad
71
Woff
73
F
USF
79
Pacif
75
F
UNLV
78
Wyo
69
F(OT)
WIMil
87
WIGB
80
F
SDSt
70
IPFW
61
F
GWebb
95
Winth
99
F(3OT)
W MI
59
Toled
67
F
UNH
48
Stony
73
F
StFNY
80
StFPA
81
F
Amer
73
Leh
82
F
UNCG
86
Furm
73
F
Okla
68
IaSt
81
F
CS-Ful
59
UCRiv
65
F
SCla
67
StMar
66
F
Wash
58
Cal
61
F(OT)
Nev
70
UtSt
80
F
PorSt
77
MTSt
76
F
CBap
61
GrCan
57
F
ChiSt
63
TexPA
87
F
KansSt
50
Tex
64
F
N DA
73
Oral
88
F
MisSt
59
LSU
60
F
Lamar
102
HBU
92
F
SIU
48
Brad
67
F
Marsh
50
UAB
61
F
ArkPB
49
AlaAM
59
F
Fla
75
Mizzu
91
F
PVAM
67
TXSo
71
F
LaTec
64
UTEP
61
F
Murr
81
TNTec
69
F
Portl
70
BYU
96
F
MsVl
75
AlSt
81
F
CSNor
56
CAPoly
74
F
USC
74
UCLA
63
F
UtVal
50
Seatt
83
F
LongB
55
UCSB
52
F
Pepp
85
USD
78
F
HI
60
UCIrv
74
F
Web
57
Sac
71
F

Jan 11, 2020, 4:30 PM EST

Final (OT)

1

2

OT

T

Clemson (8-7)

29

41

9

79

North Carolina (8-8)

39

31

6

76

Clemson stuns UNC 79-76 in OT, earns 1st win in Chapel Hill
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:03 PM

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Year after year, every Clemson team that played at North Carolina left the court in the same fashion: by throwing another loss onto what had grown into a bizarrely long streak.

No longer. For once, the Tigers were the ones celebrating in Chapel Hill at Saturday's final horn while the Tar Heels were left to ponder a late collapse to add to their recent struggles.

Aamir Simms hit an overtime-forcing 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left in regulation and Clemson went on to erase decades of futility at North Carolina by beating the Tar Heels 79-76, earning their first win in 60 tries in Chapel Hill.

"We're certainly glad to have it past us and not be asked about it any more," coach Brad Brownell said, "and we can move on to other things that we need to accomplish in our program."

Simms finished with 20 points for the Tigers (8-7, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed by 10 with a little more than two minutes left in regulation. But Clemson made a frantic comeback to force the extra period, then came up with enough key baskets to do what no other predecessor had done in school history.

Clemson's streak began in 1926 and had reached 0-59 to give the Tar Heels (8-8, 1-4) an NCAA record for the longest home winning streak against once opponent.

All that pent-up frustration spilled out at the horn, with Tigers players running to midcourt to celebrate while John Newman III wrapped Brownell in an engulfing hug.

"A lot of excitement, just a lot of excitement," Newman said. "I've never hugged coach like that before."

That celebration continued all the way to the Tigers locker room, too, with Brownell exchanging high-fives with players outside in a celebration that was still audible as UNC coach Roy Williams held his postgame news conference a few doors away.

Simms added a critical driving basket with 18.1 seconds left in OT, then the Tigers got a final stop when Garrison Brooks and then Brandon Robinson both missed tying 3-pointers on the final possession. Robinson's miss had the senior lying on the court as the Tigers launched their celebration despite his career-best 27 points.

Williams - who remains tied with late mentor Dean Smith for fourth on the Division I men's career coaching wins list with 879 victories - took blame for the loss, saying he forgot to tell his players to foul late so Simms couldn't launch the tying 3.

"I'd tell (athletics director Bubba Cunningham) he should probably fire me, it probably wouldn't be a bad idea," Williams said, folding up a stat sheet to put in his jacket pocket. "The coach is supposed to help his kids. I didn't help them very much."

BIG PICTURE

Clemson: Beyond the long run of bad history here, the Tigers were trying to win consecutive games for the first time since starting 5-1. And they looked on their way to another frustrating loss in Chapel Hill when they trailed 68-58 with 2:08 left, only to complete an improbable turnaround by forcing some turnovers with fullcourt pressure and hitting some big shots to make history.

"It's definitely good," Simms said of going to 1-59 in Chapel Hill, "but the number still looks crazy."

UNC: The Tar Heels were struggling with their worst record through 15 games under Williams. And they were battered entering this one, from top player Cole Anthony missing his seventh straight game following knee surgery to the pregame announcement that freshman point guard Jeremiah Francis wouldn't play due to left-knee soreness. Williams said Friday he doesn't say much about the streak with his team beyond noting it has to end at some point and the goal should be to "try to put it off another year." And now, that run is over.

THE FINAL SHOT

Simms said "my heart stopped" when Robinson launched the tying 3-pointer to force a second overtime.

"I'm just watching the ball like in the movies, just going in slow motion," Simms said. "I'm just watching it go, and when I saw it hit the back rim, all I could think was, `I'll have to run and find somebody on my team so I could give them a hug.' It's something I'll never forget in my life."

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY

While Williams blamed himself for the loss, Brooks put it on the players.

"I respect it, I understand what he meant," Brooks said. "We didn't make plays, players didn't make plays at the end. We turned the ball over a lot. That's it, he wasn't out there turning the ball over."

UP NEXT

Clemson: The Tigers host No. 2 Duke on Tuesday.

UNC: The Tar Heels visit Pittsburgh next Saturday.

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Leaders

Clemson PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Jemison 0 0 0 1 0 0
K. Moore 0 0 0 1 0 0
North Carolina PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Pierce 0 0 1 2 0 0
K. Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Clem UNC
Points For 79 76
Field Goals 29/67-43% 28/66-42%
Three Pointers 12/31-39% 6/26-23%
Free Throws 9/13-69% 14/20-70%
Offensive Rebounds 9 9
Defensive Rebounds 30 30
Rebounds 42 40
Blocks 4 3
Steals 7 8
Turnovers 11 10
Personal Fouls 17 14
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Clem Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Jan 11 Clem 79 @ UNC 76 C. Trapp 4 C. Keeling 2

Game Information

Stadium: Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Attendance: 21,077
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