Clemson defeated North Carolina in Chapel Hill for the first time in 60 tries. Tigers forward Aamir Simms hit an overtime-forcing three-pointer with 3.5 seconds remaining in regulation. Clemson then took care of North Carolina in the overtime frame, wining 79-76.
Williams took the blame for the loss, saying he forgot to tell his players to foul Simms so he couldn’t launch the game-tying shot.
“I’d tell [athletics director Bubba Cunningham] he should probably fire me, it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea,” Williams said. “The coach is supposed to help his kids. I didn’t help them very much.”
Clemson’s winless streak in Chapel Hill began in 1926 and reached 0-59 to give the Tar Heels an NCAA record for the longest home winning streak against one opponent.
Williams remains tied with the late Den Smith for fourth on the Division 1 men’s career coaching wins list with 879 victories.
The Tar Heels fell to 8-8 with a 1-4 conference record with the loss. Clemson improved to 8-7 with a 2-3 conference record with the win. Both teams are in the lower-half of the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.