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(16) North Carolina 65

(13-1, 1-0 ACC)

Clemson 58

(4-8, 0-1 ACC)

2:00 PM ET, December 30, 2012

Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, South Carolina

1 2 T
#16UNC 28 3765
CLEM 34 2458

Top Performers

North Carolina: X. McDaniel 19 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 6 Stl, 1 Blk

Clemson: N. Dixon 22 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Stl, 3 Blk

Xylina McDaniel sparks late 19-2 run as No. 16 Tar Heels rally

Associated Press

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Xylina McDaniel scored 19 points and had six steals as No. 16 North Carolina used a key 19-2 second-half run to come back and beat Clemson 65-58 Sunday in each team's Atlantic Coast Conference opener.

The Tar Heels (13-1) trailed 43-35 after Chancie Dunn's layup for Clemson. McDaniel responded with a layup with 12:20 left, sparking the 19-2 run that put UNC up 54-45 with 6:23 to play. McDaniel scored eight points during the run, which came amid 15 consecutive missed shots by the Tigers. Clemson (4-8) made just 4 of 21 field goals over the game's final 14 minutes.

North Carolina forced 35 Clemson turnovers and converted for 36 points.

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt added 15 points, six steals, six rebounds and five assists for the Tar Heels.

Nikki Dixon led Clemson with 22 points while Quinyotta Pettaway had 10 points and a career-best 18 rebounds.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNC
CLEM
Points 65 58
FG Made-Attempted 25-62 (.403) 21-58 (.362)
3P Made-Attempted 2-14 (.143) 0-4 (.000)
FT Made-Attempted 13-27 (.481) 16-21 (.762)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 22 (0/0)
Largest Lead 9 10

Game Leaders

 
UNC
CLEM
PointsX. McDaniel 19N. Dixon 22
ReboundsX. McDaniel 6Q. Pettaway 18
AssistsT. Ruffin-Pratt 5C. Tay 5
StealsT. Ruffin-Pratt 6C. Tay 4
BlocksT. Ruffin-Pratt 2N. Dixon 3

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