Jan 26, 2014; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels bench reacts in the second half. North Carolina Tar Heels defeated the Clemson Tigers 80-61 at Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina dominates Clemson 80-61

North Carolina continued its streak of dominance at home against Clemson Sunday night, beating the Tigers 80-61 and improving their record in the ACC to 2-4. That streak is now extended to 57 straight wins at home against Clemson, longest home winning streak against a single team in the country. Carolina led by as many as 31 and rode strong performances from James Michael McAdoo and Marcus Paige to victory. The Heels have a couple days off before heading to Atlanta to play Georgia Tech.

James Michael McAdoo led all Tar Heel scorers with 22 points on 9-13 shooting in easily his best performance of ACC play. The Heels also shot well from three point land, finishing with an 8-18 mark (44.4%). Marcus Paige (15 points, five assists) and Leslie McDonald (12 points) made five of those threes in good shooting nights from both of those Tar Heels. Walk on James Manor also added two threes at the end of the game.

For Clemson, it was tough sledding offensively against a stout Carolina defense. The Tigers shot only 34% (18-53) from the field on the night, and only made 12 two point field goals. Clemson also went long stretches in the first and second halves without making a field goal offensively. K.J. McDaniels finished with the most points of any Tiger with 13, and also added in nine rebounds.

The win was refreshing and a relief for Tar Heel fans, many of whom were worried about a possible loss and end of the 56 game winning streak. After shaky performances in their first couple games in ACC play, North Carolina needed a win in the worst way to get back on track this season. They got that win tonight with great effort and hot shooting, and hope to take those two ingredients into their next couple games in ACC play.

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  • Benchwarmer

    Finally a starting lineup that can play together and score. My concern is it took Roy 18 games to find out the obvious, that James, Tokoto and Britt on the floor at the same time produces very little offense.

    • Steve

      in fairness to Roy he didn’t have Leslie McDonald for the first 9 games so Nate Britt had to start. Kennedy Meeks also wasn’t in the best shape so his ability to start and play significant minutes was limited. James is good defender, but doesn’t offer a lot on the offensive side of things. I would also add that Carolina didn’t win just because of who started the game. The whole team played with passion, something they haven’t done recently. They dove for loose balls, JMM was aggressive driving the ball and we actually hit a handful of threes.

      Sure I question Roy from time to time, but then I remember this is what he does 24-7 and I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. After all the guy didn’t become the fastest coach to win 500 and 600 games by accident.

      • Benchwarmer

        I agree with most of what you said, but he still seems suborn on lineup changes that seem obvious to a lot of others. A prime example was last year when he was stuck on his traditional lineup instead of a 3 guard lineup that ended up mostly saving the season.