As has been the case a couple times recently, UNC put in another uninspiring first half, and went into the break up nine against UNC Wilmington. Even then, if it weren’t for a three in the final minute, that lead would have been even smaller. However early in the second half, the Tar Heels went on a 30-3 run and quickly erased any potential for drama down the stretch.
North Carolina’s scoring in that big run was fairly balanced, but Cameron Johnson led the way with eight. That was the story for a lot of the night. Even as things were going wrong, Johnson led the way, and kept the scoreboard ticking over. For that he gets our Player of the Game in UNC’s win over the Seahawks.
In addition to the eight points in the aforementioned run, Johnson finished with 21 in total for the night, leading all scorers. He got that on 7-14 shooting, going 3-8 from three and 4-4 from the foul line. Percentage wise, he was better than 50% when the game was actually still in the balance, as he missed a couple shots after UNC had put away the game.
Elsewhere on the stat sheet, Johnson finished with five rebounds, an assist, and a steal.
Other players worthy of consideration include Kenny Williams, who dished out eight assists in addition to his 11 points. Luke Maye spent some time on the bench in foul trouble, but he finished a rebound short of a double-double. Seventh Woods made some nice plays, but interspersed with those were three turnovers.
After disappearing with the rest of the senior class against Michigan, Johnson bounced back with his sixth 20-point game as a Tar Heel. Putting in another one of those against Gonzaga next Saturday would be more than welcome.