No. 4 North Carolina beats up on 19th-ranked Clemson
Clemson, SC (Sports Network) – Brandan Wright scored 17 points and swatted
away four shots as fourth-ranked North Carolina trounced No. 19 Clemson,
77-55, in ACC action at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Tyler Hansbrough added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Tar Heels (16-2,
3-1 ACC), who came off a devastating 94-88 loss at Virginia Tech to win for
the 13th time in 14 games. Wayne Ellington chipped in with 11 points and four
assists while Danny Green had 10 points off the bench.
Cliff Hammonds and James Mays each had 15 points for the Tigers (17-2, 3-2),
who lost their second straight contest after opening the season with 17
consecutive wins. Vernon Hamilton tallied 10 points and had six steals for
The Tar Heels broke open a close game by finishing the opening half with a
16-7 burst. Green and Ellington highlighted the flurry by draining threes and
North Carolina took a 44-31 edge into the locker room.
The Tar Heels then continued to pull away in the opening minutes of the second
half. Hansbrough’s putback gave North Carolina an imposing 19-point edge,
52-33 just over two minutes into the frame.
Clemson never really mustered a threat the rest of the way. Hansbrough’s
turnaround jumper, with 7:53 left, put the Tar Heels in front by 20, 64-44,
for the first time.
Then, a Hansbrough free throw then gave North Carolina its largest lead of the
night, 73-48, with just 2:01 on the clock.
North Carolina has owned Clemson over the years. The Tar Heels now lead the
all-time series 118-19…North Carolina won the battle of the boards with a
47-38 advantage…Clemson lost for the first time at home and are now 10-1 at