No. 8 North Carolina beats Clemson 74-52

AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer Published:

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Harrison Barnes scored 24 points to help No. 8 North Carolina beat Clemson 74-52 on Saturday.

Tyler Zeller added 14 points for the Tar Heels (23-4, 10-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who extended the Tigers' long run of futility in Chapel Hill. North Carolina improved to 56-0 all-time here against Clemson (13-13, 5-7), which is an NCAA record for the most consecutive home wins against one opponent.

The Tar Heels didn't look particularly sharp in this one, yet they weren't in any serious danger of fumbling away that long winning streak against the Tigers, either. North Carolina led by 15 points in the first half and never let Clemson closer than six in the second half before blowing it open late.

John Henson added 13 points for the Tar Heels, while Kendall Marshall had 13 assists.

Andre Young scored 13 points to lead the Tigers, who shot 38 percent.