Kenny Williams just had a first half for the ages as UNC leads Stanford 50-36 at halftime.
Williams had 20 of the Tar Heels’ 26 points in the first 9:03 of the game. The junior nailed six of his eight three point attempts, including a streak of four straight made threes and a layup. He quieted down after that, finishing the half with those 20 points.
Williams’ performance is reminiscent of his shooting performance against Radford a season ago in which he hit five three pointers on his way to 19 points in the game — his previous career high.
As Twitter user @KeepingItHeel pointed out, Williams' shooting helps take the sting out of the injury to Cameron Johnson, who is out 4-6 weeks with a knee injury. Johnson, a graduate transfer who shot 41.5% from three point range for Pittsburgh a season ago, was expected to be a deep threat for the Tar Heels.
Williams has started all three games for UNC this year after missing the second half of last season with a knee injury. He has scored double digit points in each game.