CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Reyshawn Terry had his first career
double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead North Carolina
past Clemson 76-61 on Saturday, allowing the Tar Heels to match an
NCAA record with their 52nd straight home win in the series.
Bobby Frasor added 16 points for the Tar Heels (14-5, 5-3
Atlantic Coast Conference), who have never lost to the Tigers
(14-8, 3-6) in Chapel Hill. The streak ties Princeton's 52-game run
against Brown from 1929-2002 as the longest home win streak against
a single opponent.
The Tigers have lost by double-digit margins in 19 of 21 trips
to the Smith Center, and have led at the half just three times in
the 52 losses. The Tar Heels led throughout Saturday to extend that
streak and win their third in a row overall heading into Tuesday's
home game against second-ranked Duke.
The Tar Heels scored the game's first 10 points to take quick
control and never let the Tigers get closer than six points. North
Carolina built a 17-point lead early after the break, then turned
away a spirited effort by the Tigers that cut the deficit to seven.
The Tar Heels' second-half run featured David Noel's impressive
tip-in slam off a missed 3-pointer and a pair of fluke baskets
within a span of just three possessions.
On one, David Noel's entry pass for Tyler Hansbrough was too
high and appeared to be headed out of bounds. Instead, it bounced
off Hansbrough's fingertips and dropped through the net for a 60-47
lead with 9:25 left.
Then, after Noel's one-handed dunk off a missed 3 from Frasor,
Frasor scored when his alley-oop pass for Marcus Ginyard on the
fast break dropped in for a 64-49 lead with 7:51 left.
The lead eventually grew to 17 points, with the Tigers getting
no closer than nine afterward.
The Tar Heels shot 50 percent and took a 39-29 edge on the
glass, but still committed 21 turnovers.
The Tar Heels roared out of the gate by scoring on their first
four possessions, starting with a score from Noel off a feed from
Hansbrough against the double-team. Noel then assisted on a reverse
layup by Terry and a layup for Hansbrough that led to a 3-point
Terry closed the run with a straightaway 3 off a feed from Wes
Miller for the 10-0 lead, forcing Clemson coach Oliver Purnell to
call timeout 2 minutes into the game.