CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (Ticker) -- North Carolina was shorthanded, but it didn't help Clemson earn its first victory in Chapel Hill.
Rashad McCants poured in 30 points and Sean May added 17 as the 16th-ranked Tar Heels continued their domination against Clemson with a 69-53 Atlantic Coast Conference victory in their final home game of the season.
McCants shot 11-of-19 from the floor, including 8-of-13 from long range. The eight 3-pointers were a season high and tied the school record held by five others. Raymond Felton was the last to do it on January 26, 2003 against North Carolina State.
"I've been playing pretty good, and I was just shooting it," McCants said. "I tell you guys all the time, it's no mystery. I think I'm a pretty good shooter; so all of a sudden when I start shooting the ball well, it's like, 'Oh, he's kind of hot, he's making these shots.' I practice them all the time."
"Rashad is the big story of the game. He continues to play like one of the best players in the league," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. "I think he's one of the best players in college basketball."
Felton, who injured his right big toe, and Jackie Manuel were listed as questionable for this game. Felton played 37 minutes, scoring only seven points while dishing out nine assists.
North Carolina's top reserve, Manuel sat out the second straight game with a right ankle injury. It didn't matter as the Tar Heels (18-8, 8-7 ACC) improved to 50-0 all time at home against Clemson. The win also moved North Carolina above the .500 mark in the conference for the first time this season.
"It's great. In the past (the Tar Heels) have beaten (the Tigers) a lot," McCants said. "We're not part of that past, but we're part of it now. I think it's just great for us to continue to win and to increase our record in conference play."
Sharrod Ford led Clemson (10-17, 3-13) with 14 points but was injured with 1:20 left in the second half when he took a hard fall. Shawan Robinson added 10 points for the Tigers, who have lost four in a row and 11 of their past 13 games.
"I'm very disappointed in the outcome tonight but I told my team I was not disappointed in them," Clemson coach Oliver Purnell said. "I thought they really came ready to play and battled hard throughout the ballgame."
The last-place Tigers had won their last two encounters with North Carolina, but couldn't avoid extending the longest active losing streak on an opponent's home court in the nation.
It is the second longest streak in history, exceeded only by Brown's 52-game road skid at Princeton, which came to an end last year.