College basketball roundup: Manek’s go-ahead basket lifts UNC over Clemson

Vance Johnson's late 3-pointer lifted ECU over Tulsa

UNC forward Brady Manek's late basket lifted the Tar Heels over Clemson on Tuesday. (Lynne Sladky / AP Photo)

CLEMSON, S.C. — Armando Bacot had 24 points and 10 rebounds for his 18th double-double of the season and Brady Manek made a go-ahead basket with 3.1 seconds left to help UNC beat Clemson 79-77 on Tuesday night.

Caleb Love sank a 3-pointer with 36.3 seconds left to give the Tar Heels a 77-75 lead before PJ Hall tied it at the other end with a basket in the lane. After a timeout, Love drove the lane and found an open Manek trailing the play for an easy finish. Clemson had a good look at a 3-pointer from the wing at the buzzer but David Collins’ attempt was short.

Bacot was 8 of 10 from the field — and also the free-throw line — for North Carolina (17-7, 9-4 ACC). RJ Davis added 16 points, Manek and Leaky Black each had 11 and Love 10. Black scored all of his points in the second half.

Bacot scored 15 of UNC’s 30 first-half points, including a dunk just before the halftime buzzer for a five-point lead. He picked up his fourth foul with 11:41 remaining and went to the bench before returning five minutes later. He fouled out with just over a minute left on the offensive end.

Hall scored 24 points for Clemson (12-11, 4-8). Freshman Ian Schieffelin, averaging 2.1 points per game, scored a season-high 12 points, and Al-Amir Dawes and Collins each had 10.

East Carolina 73, Tulsa 71

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Vance Jackson scored 22 points and his 3-pointer with 24 seconds left carried East Carolina to a 73-71 win over Tulsa on Tuesday night.

Tulsa’s Darien Jackson missed a layup on the ensuing possession which allowed the Pirates to hang on for the victory.

Tremont Robinson-White had 13 points and six assists for East Carolina (12-11, 3-8 American Athletic Conference), which snapped its six-game losing streak. Brandon Suggs added six assists and five steals.

East Carolina scored a season-high 46 points after halftime.

Jeriah Horne had 18 points for the Golden Hurricane (7-15, 1-10). Rey Idowu added 15 points. Darien Jackson had 13 points and six rebounds.