Rashad McCants, who sat out nearly 10 minutes of the second half with foul trouble, scored eight of his 20 points over the final 3 minutes 34 seconds as North Carolina beat Clemson, 68-66, last night running the Tigers' all-time record to 0-49 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Raymond Felton, battling an upset stomach most of the game, was also a hero for the Tar Heels (10-5, 2-1 ACC), sinking two free throws with 21.9 seconds left and North Carolina clinging to a one-point lead.
The Tar Heels trailed 49-43 with 13:44 left after blowing a 15-point first-half lead, but Jawad Williams made three straight shots over a span of 1:13 to get North Carolina back in it.
McCants then took over, breaking a 56-56 tie with a three-pointer. He made another a minute later and a follow shot with 1:56 left to put the Tar Heels up 64-60.
The Tigers (10-2, 0-2) pulled within one before Felton, who added eight assists and six rebounds, helped seal it from the foul line.
North Carolina's home-court winning streak over Clemson is the second-longest in NCAA history. Princeton's 52-game streak over Brown is the longest.
* CONNECTICUT 83, VIRGINIA TECH 65: Ben Gordon scored 24 points and Emeka Okafor had 19 as the No. 6 Huskies rallied by shooting 69 percent in the second half at home.
Okafor led U-Conn. (11-1, 2-0 Big East) with 12 rebounds and had all five of his blocks in the second half. Gordon had two of his three steals during a 21-3 run that snapped a 54-54 tie.
Virginia Tech dropped to 6-8, 0-2.
* KENTUCKY 74, VANDERBILT 52: Gerald Fitch scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half as the No. 16 Wildcats (12-3, 3-0 SEC) rallied from a 14-point deficit in Nashville for their sixth straight victory.
* NOTRE DAME 68, RUTGERS 57: Matt Carroll scored 25 points, Chris Thomas had 19 and the No. 10 Irish made all but one of their 23 free throws to win in South Bend, Ind.
Rutgers (8-6, 0-2 Big East) took only nine free throws, making five, as the Irish (14-2, 2-1) used a big advantage in foul shots to win for the second straight game.
* MARQUETTE 85, TULANE 73: Dwyane Wade scored 35 points for the No. 21 Golden Eagles (11-3, 3-1 Conference USA) in New Orleans.
* PURDUE 72, MICHIGAN ST. 60: Willie Deane scored 12 of his 18 points in the first half as the host Boilermakers got their season-high fifth straight win.
* PITTSBURGH 80, WEST VIRGINIA 61: In Morgantown, W. Va., Donatas Zavackas scored 16 points to lead the No. 3 Panthers (13-1, 3-0 Big East) to their best start in 73 years.
* SAINT JOSEPH'S 65, TEMPLE 55: Delonte West had 26 points and Jameer Nelson added 25 points and 10 rebounds as the Hawks (12-1, 4-0 Atlantic 10) rolled in Philadelphia.
* BOWIE STATE 94, J.C. SMITH 76: Tim Washington had 27 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds for the Bulldogs (14-1, 8-0 CIAA), who held the visiting Golden Bulls (11-4, 4-1) to 38 percent shooting.