The memorable 1970 ACC Tournament got underway for top-seeded Carolina, and they eked out a 34-33 victory over a motivated Clemson squad.
Tigers coach Bobby Roberts, who was stepping down after the season, pulled out all the stops in this one against the powerful Gamecocks. Clemson took the opening tip and immediately went into a 3-2 spread offense. The strategy was to run the clock as much as possible, and take nothing but layups. This worked to perfection in the first half, as the game was tied at 12 at halftime with USC shooting only 28%.
The game continued at a snail’s pace in the second half, and the Gamecocks found themselves in a 31-31 tie with only 0:47 left. Bob Carver’s free throw with 0:30 left put Carolina ahead 32-31. Bobby Cremins then stole the inbounds pass, and was fouled. Cremins missed the one-and-one free throw, but John Ribock tipped the rebound out to John Roche who was fouled. Roche nailed two free throws with eight seconds left to put it out of reach before Clemson’s meaningless final basket.