CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina Tar Heels sent the Clemson Tigers home from Chapel Hill with a loss for the 48th time in 48 meetings with a 96-78 victory on Wednesday night at the Dean E. Smith Center.
Here is what Clemson coach Larry Shyatt had to say after his team's 16th loss in 29 games and 12th Atlantic Coast Conference in 16 clashes.
Well, we didn't break the streak. Their three seniors were 15-for-20. That's terrific, and I don't think they just shot well. I thought they played well throughout the game. Carolina shot well in the first half, but I thought they passed well and played well the second half, much better than Clemson.
They out-passed us, out-worked us, they were far more physical in the paint. They very much deserved this win."
On having a chance to win at halftime.
"At halftime, the way we had come back and the way they had gotten the lead, I really thought the game could swing two ways if they kept "j"-ing it. Clemson might come back in this game. The same thing almost happened at North Carolina State. But, that didn't happen tonight."
On UNC's performance in the second half.
"In the second half, they passed it, dribbled it and moved it better than Clemson. This was an excellent performance by a good group of (UNC's) seniors."
On UNC freshman Jackie Manuel, who had 16 points and five rebounds in 21 minutes.
"We didn't play against him before (when UNC won at Clemson in January). He was very active, very quick. He made a lot of things happen on both ends."
Andrew Jones is in his sixth year covering football and basketball for Inside Carolina. He is also in his fourth year as a copy editor and staff writer for the Wilmington Star-News and hosts a nightly radio show on WAAV-AM980 in Wilmington. He has also written for ACCNews and once published The College Game and the former Total Sports. He can be reached via e-mail at: AJWAAV@aol.com.