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Off the cuff: Clemson coach Brad Brownell angrily confront UNC coach Roy Williams after the game in what some have reported as a rank about Kennedy Meeks talking junk to the Clemson bench late in the overtime period. Coach Williams appears to be saying he's sorry and that he'll take care of it. Neither coach would discuss it after the game.

Carolina now 60-53 in overtime including 10-9 under Coach Williams. UNC has won seven of last nine OT games.

Tar Heels had a 23-3 edge in second chance points. Along with the seven three pointers by Joel Berry, that made the difference. Carolina had more offensivie rebounds (23) than Clemson had defensive rebounds (22). It was the seventh time this season that Carolina has had more than 20 second-chance points.

Berry played more than a game as he played 41 minutes. That's the most since James Michael McAdoo played 43 minutes at NC State in 2014

Berry's 31 points are most by a Tar Heel at Clemson since 2008 when Wayne Ellington scored 36 in another overtime win.

Finally, a word about Tony Bradley. Where? As in where is he? Now that the ACC schedule has begun, he is AWOL. Hopefully he'll do enough in practice to give Coach Williams to play him more. He played just 11 minutes against Clemson and only nine minutes at Georgia Tech.


Tar Heels 89, Clemson 86
Heels, Berry pull out OT win at Clemson

It took a career-scoring night from Joel Berry to save the Tar Heels from themselves in an 89-86 overtime victory over Clemson. (1/3).

Carolina turned the ball over 18 times, including five from Berry himself. But Berry came through with 31 points, including 23 in the second half, to help lead North Carolina back from a five-point halftime deficit.

Clemson's Jaron Blossomgame, who finished with a team-high 24, had 14 at the break to give the Tigers confidence they'd win.

The Tar Heels still trailed by four at 64-60 midway through the second half until the torrid shooting by Berry finally took its toll on Clemson. A couple of big threes by Berry, one from straight away and one from the right wing, capped a 10-2 run that put the Tar Heels up 70-66 with less than eight minutes to play.

A minute later Berry drained perhaps the deepest three of his career from the right side to pad the Carolina lead to six at 73-67. A Kennedy Meeks layup put the Heels in control at 75-67 with just over five minutes to play.

But Clemson went on a 10-2 run of its own to tie the game at 77 in the waning seconds. Carolina's Justin Jackson, who scored 18, had a chance to salt the game away but missed the front end of a one-and-one situation. But Clemson’s Marcquise Reed nailed a three at the other end to send it to overtime.

Trailing 82-81 with just over a minute to play Nate Britt missed a layup that went into the hands of Meeks who scored and was fouled. After the free throw, Carolina led 84-82. It never got closer than a point. Kenny Williams hit a pair of free throws to give UNC a four-point lead with 17 seconds left and the Heels worked the margin up to six before settling for the three-point OT victory.

Clemson fell to 11-3 and 1-1 in the ACC while Carolina improved to 13-3 and 1-1 in the league.

The Tar Heels host rival NC State Saturday at 8 p.m. Snow is forecast.

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