HARTFORD, Conn. — Raymond Felton found himself in a familiar situation against Connecticut on Sunday.
With the clock ticking down toward the end of the first half, the junior point guard had an open look from the top of the key — a similar shot to the one Tar Heel fans had been wondering how he could have passed up four days earlier in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Although the shot caromed off the rim, this time Felton took charge of the situation.
Even though the Tar Heels trailed by three and Felton was struggling at halftime, he came out after the break and began to dominate his matchup with Connecticut point guard Marcus Williams.
“My individual stuff, I don’t worry about,” Felton said. “I feel like I let my team down (Wednesday), so I felt I had to make up for it.”
Williams outplayed Felton in the first 20 minutes, scoring 12 points and dishing out three assists. The sophomore also chipped in seven points and an assist during a 12-2 run that gave the Huskies their biggest lead of the game.
“He wasn’t really aggressive in the first half,” said Williams, who finished with five assists and a career high 18 points. “First half, I was just taking what they gave me.”
But Felton took control in the second half, pressuring Williams on defense and forcing the tempo on offense. After collecting just two points and three assists in the first half, Felton finished with 16 and 10, respectively.
He also made five steals while harassing Williams into six second-half turnovers, converting many of those mistakes into easy baskets on the other end.