Clemson promptly hit a 3-pointer on the next possession, forced Johnson into a tough fadeaway and iced the game with an easy layup off dribble-drive penetration. In conference play, the Tar Heels are 5-4, which is tied for fifth with Florida State and North Carolina State. North Carolina State's turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over North Carolina.
The Tigers are led in scoring by Marcquise Reed.
Clemson is now 17-4 overall, 6-3 in the ACC and 10-8 against the spread. Defensively, North Carolina yields 72.7 points per game against the opposing teams.
Who has the edge in a featured ACC game tonight when No. 20 Clemson plays host to No. 19 North Carolina at 7PM ET?
No. 20 Clemson poured in 3-pointers like salt in an open wound in the first half and then held on for an 82-78 win over the 19th-ranked Tar Heels.
Five players are averaging at least 9.5 points per game for North Carolina, they are Maye (18.6), Joel Berry II (17.0), Kenny Williams (11.2), Kameron Johnson (10.9) and Theo Pinson (9.5). The Tar Heels are seeking their 49th trip to the NCAA Tournament, and have been in the Final Four 20 times in school history. Of the Tar Heels' 21 games with betting action, nine have finished under, 11 have finished over and one has pushed.
North Carolina has its first three-game losing streak since the 2013-14 season.
The 6-foot-3 Felton has played in all 22 games as a reserve point guard, averaging 2.9 points and 1.6 assists.
Taylor Samuels scored 11 and Sarah Wright 10 for Randolph (4-15, 1-10).