North Carolina's Roy Williams collapses on sideline due to vertigo


The fifth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels avoided an upset on Saturday night, walking into Littlejohn Coliseum and picking up a hard-fought victory over a hungry Clemson side, 81-79.

"I jerked around and tried to get Seventh (Woods) in for Kenny (Williams) because he was struggling shooting the ball and we made him work so hard guarding Marcquise Reed", Roy Williams said after the game. Two people helped Williams to the locker room, and he waved to the crowd as he left the court. The training staff tended to Williams, who has experienced bouts of vertigo over the years, before helping him off the court. The Tar Heels next travel to Boston College on Tuesday, while the Tigers head to Notre Dame on Wednesday. The seven-point lead seemed like enough, especially after Clemson missed a three-point attempt and UNC would grab a defensive and offensive rebound.

Williams addressed the incident with the press after the game, and told them he went down with a case of vertigo.

Clemson basketball is on a two-game winning streak, but that's coming off a time where they had lost three-straight beforehand.

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Williams fell near North Carolina's bench shortly before halftime and did not return for the second half, according to the Associated Press.

"When I say benign positional vertigo, that's exactly what it is", he said in 2016. "I didn't want to jinx him at that time and yes, I'm a little superstitious". I started feeling a heck of a lot better.

"It definitely has a feel of some of those teams", Williams said this week. So proud of this guy sitting beside me for 24 years (Robinson).