At the 11:19 mark of the second half, sophomore Brandon Robinson stepped up to the free throw line in Littlejohn Coliseum.
No. 19 UNC trailed No. 20 Clemson, 52-48. After a fiery halftime speech from head coach Roy Williams, the Tar Heels had outscored the Tigers, 20-8, and cut their 16-point halftime deficit to four.
Robinson, who entered the game shooting 8-9 on free throws for the season, did not make Clemson pay for the cardinal sin of fouling a 3-point shooter. He missed his first, then his second, before making his third.
And, from that point forward, Joel Berry II and Cameron Johnson scored 100 percent of UNC’s points. They came on free throws, on catch-and-shoot jumpers, on pick-and-roll layups. When the buzzer sounded on North Carolina’s third consecutive ACC loss, the two players had scored the last 29 for their team.
Johnson finished with a career-high 32 on 10-18 shooting. Berry had 27 on 10-16. The graduate transfer and senior guard combined for nine 3-pointers and 10 made free throws, on 10 attempts. They were responsible for just over 75 percent of UNC’s total offensive production on the night.