CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- To take its historic 1,500th victory, No. 6 North Carolina (21-4, 9-3) relied on a time-tested defense and some timely shots from Hubert Davis.
Davis scored 13 points, including North Carolina's first nine of the second half, as the Tar Heels beat Clemson (10-14, 1-10), 73-57, in the Atlantic Coast Conference yesterday to become the first team in National Collegiate Athletic Association history to post 1,500 wins. Kentucky had 1,499 all-time victories with yesterday's win over Florida.
North Carolina went to 1,500-548 despite shooting below 50 percent for the first time in seven games. The Tar Heels defense ran true to form, however, holding Clemson below 39 percent.
"I should say thank goodness for our defense, period," said North Carolina coach Dean Smith.