CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Even in what many consider a rebuilding year, North Carolina still refuses to let Clemson enjoy any visit here.
Reyshawn Terry had his first career double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Tar Heels past the Tigers, 76-61 on Saturday, allowing the Tar Heels to match an NCAA record with their 52nd consecutive home win in the series.
Bobby Frasor added 16 points for the Tar Heels (14-5, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have never lost to the Tigers (14-8, 3-6) in Chapel Hill. The streak ties Princeton's 52-game run against Brown from 1929-2002.
"We definitely don't want to be the team to lose the streak," said David Noel, who finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and a career-best nine assists. "But at the same time, Coach (Roy) Williams doesn't think the streak is that important."
For Clemson, it was just the latest lowlight in decades of futility in Chapel Hill.
The Tigers have lost by double-digit margins in 19 of 21 trips to the Smith Center.
It's a long line of disappointment. They blew a nine-point lead with 10 minutes left against the team featuring James Worthy, Michael Jordan and Sam Perkins that went on to win the 1982 national championship. They couldn't end the streak despite coming in as the nation's second-ranked team in the 1996-97 season, Dean Smith's last as coach. And they couldn't end it against a North Carolina team that went 8-20 just four years ago.
So it was no surprise that the Tigers struggled again in Chapel Hill, even against a youth-laden team that lost its top seven scorers from last year's national title winner. And Tar Heel fans did their best to remind them Saturday by chanting "You can't win here!" with about a minute left.