Tigers Come Oh So Close

After going ahead by 6-points midway through the 2nd half, the Tigers were unable to hold onto the lead against the North Carolina Tar Heels Tuesday evening. Rashad McCants scored a game-high 20 points to lead the come from behind win, 68-66. With the loss, the Tigers fall to 10-2 on the year and 0-2 in conference play.

The Tigers were oh so close Tuesday evening in the Dean Dome.

So close to ending the streak, so close to establishing respect in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but it just didn't happen.

Freshman Rashad McCants, who missed over 10 minutes of the 2nd half with 4 fouls, scored 8 of his game-high 20 points over in the final three minutes of the game as North Carolina held off the Tigers 68-66.
After bolting out to a 15-point first half lead, it appeared as though the Tar Heels would just hit cruise control for the easy win, just like they've seemingly done in the previous 48 contests held in Chapel Hill.

But Ed Scott caught fire and the Tigers interior passing game helped spark a 20-4 run to pull Clemson even at halftime at 38.

The Tar Heels would then jump out to a quick 4-point lead out of the locker room, until the Tigers again streaked for a 6-point advantage with just over 13 minutes left in the game.

Jawad Williams then drilled three shots in a row to put the Heels back in it, and McCants took over down the stretch to seal the deal.

McCants rescued the Heels with two crucial three-pointers after head coach Larry Shyatt decided to go back to the zone defense late in the game. One shot was contested by Ray Henderson, the other was a wide open look after a brilliant drive by Heels' guard Raymond Felton.

The Tigers had an opportunity to tie the game with time winding down, but Edward Scott badly missed a 3-point shot to effectively end any chances of an upset.

Scott led the Tigers with 17 points, while Sharrod Ford added 10 points and 11 rebounds. North Carolina's home-court winning streak over Clemson is the second-longest in NCAA history. Princeton's 52-game streak over Brown is also active and the longest.

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