Clemson, SC (Sports Network) - Trevor Booker scored 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds, as 24th-ranked Clemson used a strong first half to defeat No. 12 North Carolina, 83-64, at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Clemson had 33 points off 26 North Carolina turnovers
Dexter Strickland was the lone player in double figures with 17 points for the Tar Heels (12-5, 1-1), who have lost two of three and fell behind by 23 points midway through the first half. North Carolina dropped to 1-5 away from Chapel Hill this season.
Clemson raced out to a 19-6 lead a little over five minutes into the contest, and Smith nailed a three-pointer to make it 35-12. The Tigers held a 50-32 advantage at halftime, but a layup by Larry Drew II drew North Carolina within 68-57 with six minutes remaining.
Unfortunately, the miscues proved too costly for the Tar Heels, who couldn't whittle the deficit to single digits.
UNC fell to 15-2 against Clemson when both teams are ranked...The Tar Heels still lead the all-time series with Clemson, 122-20...Drew, Will Graves and Leslie McDonald each had nine points for the Tar Heels...North Carolina forward Tyler Zeller missed the game with a right foot injury...Both clubs are in action on Saturday. Clemson visits NC State, while the Tar Heels return home to welcome Georgia Tech.