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Friday, March 11, 2005

UNC 88 Clemson 81

Carolina survives. The game was much, much closer than the final score. In fact, the Heels trailed by as much as 13 in the second half and were still on the ropes until Raymond Felton nailed a three to put the Heels up 81-79 with about a minute left.

On the whole, Clemson was quicker on the ball and dominated inside with rebounds on the offensive and defensive boards, not to mention showing incredible shot-blocking ability.

But the Heels showed quick hands down the stretch, making the necessary steals and defensive stops during the final stretch.

Rashad McCants returns, hitting a couple of big three-pointers to keep Carolina within striking distance.

Felton ends up with 29, including the Tar Heels' last 10 points.

"He's the one player that's irreplaceable," Billy Packer said.