On Nov. 22, Kenny Williams experienced perhaps his worst game of the season.
Not only did the North Carolina men’s basketball team fall in an upset to unranked Texas, 92-89, on Thanksgiving, but Williams scored just two points as his scoring average dipped to a modest 5.2 points per game. To make matters worse, he watched Longhorns senior guard Kerwin Roach II light him and his team up for 32 points on 12 of 15 shooting.
More than a month later, Williams has scored double figures in six of the seven games following that loss and upped his scoring average to 8.5 points per game while bringing continued energy and intensity on the defensive end of the court. His latest showing of 11 points helped No. 15 UNC defeat Harvard, 77-57, on Wednesday night at the Smith Center.
“I think I’m being more aggressive,” Williams said regarding his play of late. “I’m not just relying on the 3-point shot to get me my points. I’ve gotten to the foul line a little bit, I’ve been driving the ball and laying it up a little bit, I’ve even thrown in a couple, literally a couple, mid-range so I’m just trying to be aggressive, stay aggressive on offense and keep myself a weapon, keep the defense honest.”
Williams showed that aggressiveness in the first half, converting three layups in the last four minutes of play to help extend his team’s lead to double digits at the intermission. In the second half, he found more spacing for himself and added two free throws and a 3-pointer as he continued to heat up with the ACC slate right around the corner.