No. 8 North Carolina Secures Tough Win Against No. 16 Clemson, 65-55
In a fierce conference matchup, the No. 8 North Carolina men’s basketball team triumphed over No. 16 Clemson with a final score of 65-55 at Littlejohn Coliseum. This victory marked UNC’s perfect 3-0 record in the ACC for the first time since the 2015–16 season.
The Tar Heels showcased strong defensive skills, limiting the Tigers to a 36% shooting accuracy from the field and dominating the boards with a 44–33 rebound advantage. Despite a challenging 1-18 performance from beyond the arc by Clemson, the Tar Heels secured the win, led by Armando Bacot’s impressive 14 points and 16 rebounds.
UNC’s offense started on a high note, amassing 11 points within the first four minutes and securing a five-point lead at the initial break. Clemson fought back, taking a 16–15 lead with a layup by Ian Schieffelin over Bacot.
Nevertheless, UNC regained control with notable plays from Bacot and contributions from Zayden High, entering the under-eight timeout with a 21–20 lead.
“We were happy to be tied at halftime and felt fortunate,” commented head coach Hubert Davis.
As the game progressed, both teams fiercely contested, and UNC maintained a slim lead. Cormac Ryan and Jalen Washington played pivotal roles for the Tar Heels, contributing to the team’s overall defensive prowess.
In the closing minutes, UNC’s solid defense made it challenging for Clemson to score, allowing the Tar Heels to secure the 65-55 victory. This win came after UNC’s recent defensive success, holding opponents to fewer than 60 points in consecutive away games.
Paxson Wojcik emphasized the team’s collective effort, stating, “Everyone was competing and playing hard.” The Tar Heels now look forward to their final game of the three-game road trip against N.C. State on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Raleigh.