Tar Heels Survive Scare in OT

Ellington's trey with 0.4 seconds left clinches it, 90-88
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Jan 7, 2008 4:22 AM CST
North Carolina coach Roy Williams reacts to the officials' call during the first half of their basketball game against Clemson Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008, at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Mary...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – College basketball's No. 1 ranked UNC was handed its biggest challenge yet by feisty No. 19 Clemson, who took the Tar Heels to overtime before Wayne Ellington won the game, 90-88, on a last-second, almost-stolen three-pointer. Ellington finished with a career-high 36 points for the Tar Heels, who remained perfect as their ACC schedule began.

UNC had stormed back from 81-74 with just 2.5 minutes left in regulation, knotting it at 81 with a Tyler Hansbrough free throw. Ellington's game-winning bucket was atonement for a miss from behind the arc with 14 seconds left in the second half.