Dexter Strickland Powers Tar Heels Past Clemson: 68-59


The North Carolina Tar Heels (20-8, 10-5 ACC) have been on a role in recent weeks and are seeing success with their new four-guard lineup. They’ve won four of the five games under this lineup they began using on February 13th against Duke. They nearly came away with a win in Durham, but fell just five points short in the end.

Feb 28, 2013; Clemson, SC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Dexter Strickland (1) drives to the basket while being defended by Clemson Tigers forward/center Devin Booker (31) during the second half at J.C. Littlejohn Coliseum. Tar Heels won 68-59. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight, the Tar Heels traveled down south to play the Clemson Tigers (13-14, 5-10 ACC) in their only match-up with the Tigers.

Senior guard Dexter Strickland has faced a lot of criticism from fans all season for his lack of offense, but tonight he showed up to score. He scored a season high of sixteen points, three rebounds, and four assists.

Reggie Bullock had a solid game himself. He had nine rebounds to go with his twelve points.

Most of the time on the court was reserved for the starts for North Carolina. Of the few minutes the bench got to play, Leslie McDonald with six points and Brice Johnson with two points were the only two bench players to score.

Devin Booker lead the Tigers with twenty-five points and eleven rebounds. Milton Jennings had ten rebounds in addition to his twelve points.

Final Score: North Carolina 68 – Clemson 59 | Player of the Game: Dexter Strickland