CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story and headline incorrectly stated the nature of Kenny Williams' 3-pointer during North Carolina's game against Pittsburgh. This was Williams' first made 3-pointer. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kenny Williams made a 3-pointer, and it counted.
And yes, it was in a game. And yes, you can try to write it off, but it mattered.
Williams hadn’t made a shot from behind the arc all year for the North Carolina men’s basketball team. Zero. He was 0-for-12 coming into UNC’s ACC Tournament quarterfinal matchup against eighth-seeded Pittsburgh. There was no reason why today, with his team looking to advance, that would likely change.
But it did.
UNC eventually won 88-71, but that result wasn’t clear until late. The Panthers scored the first eight points of the game, and the Tar Heels only led by four at the half.
The 3 is coming up, don’t worry.
UNC never trailed in the second half, but Pittsburgh still managed to keep the score tight. With 10 and a half minutes left to play, it was a two-point game.
“Some games we’ve had a problem allowing teams to keep it close,” junior guard Nate Britt said.