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Clemson Basketball


January 11, 2020

For the first time ever, a Clemson basketball team walked out of Chapel Hill with smiles on their faces. What started back on January 15, 1926, has come to an end.

Clemson knocked off North Carolina after trailing by 11 points with 5:25 left in the game, snapping the nation’s longest basketball drought. The Tigers are now 1-59 in the Tar Heels backyard.

Brad Brownell called it a “remarkable win,” and the Tigers celebrated the monumental victory in due fashion. 

North Carolina led by ten, with 2:08 left in the game, but a run by the Tigers, capped by a thrilling Amir Simms buzzer-beater sent the game to overtime. Clemson finished the game in overtime and takes a 79-76 win over the Tar Heels.

“I thought we made some outstanding plays at the end of the game and in overtime a couple of backdoor cuts. I thought we executed well.”

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John Newman drives in traffic against North Carolina during Clemson’s 79-76 overtime win.

The Tigers were led in scoring by Simms had a huge performance, leading Clemson in five statistical categories finishing with 20 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocks, and 3 steals. Tevin Mack and John Newman both added 17 points helping Clemson secure the win.

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Clemson is now 8-7 overall and 2-3 in the ACC and faces Duke this coming Tuesday at Littlejohn.

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