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Cam Johnson could not miss against Wake Forest

The senior had a shooting night to remember in the blowout in Winston-Salem

NCAA Basketball: North Carolina at Wake Forest Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Sometimes, in a 38-point win, it’s hard to assign a player of the game because the only time you get a margin that big is if the whole team is clicking seamlessly. I’m not saying that wasn’t the case in UNC’s blowout victory over Wake Forest on Saturday, because UNC’s execution was very good throughout the lineup... I’m just also saying that there was only one name on everybody’s lips when they finished the game. And that name was that of Cam Johnson. The senior wingman scored 27 points on 10/13 shooting. Johnson did most of his damage, as he is wont, from beyond the arc, shooting 7/10 from three-point range and coming one short of the UNC single-game record. Curiously, this was the 3rd 7/10 game from three-point range by a Tar Heel this season, as Coby White equaled this feat in his heroic efforts against Texas and Miami at home. Needless to say, Johnson did it with much less stressful conditions.

Three really was Johnson’s operative number on Saturday, because in addition to his three-point barrage, he recorded three rebounds, three assists, and three steals. And if you want to get way into the weeds, his +/- was 33 and he played 30 minutes. So that’s fun. He turned the ball over just once and was not called for any of UNC’s 19 fouls, acquitting himself well in the not-making-mistakes game, and generally was the primary driving force behind putting the Demon Deacons in a hole that was almost immediately insurmountable. And seeing as no other Tar Heel scored more than 10 points, Johnson was imperative on the offensive end for keeping them down while the defense clamped down altogether.

With the first 2019 edition of UNC vs Duke coming up next, this kind of game was exactly what Johnson needed as a tune-up after tweaking his ankle on Monday against Virginia. Hopefully he can keep the hot shooting up and bury the Devils just like he helped bury the Demon (Deacon)s.