Berry and Williams shoot Heels to victory

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Joel Berry and Kenny Williams combined for 49 points and 11 three-pointers to lead UNC Basketball over Stanford.

Kenny Williams caught absolute fire and hit six threes in the first nine minutes of the game. He led Stanford by himself 20-15 with 10:57 left in the first half and already had a career-high in points. At that point in the game, it would have seemed impossible he wouldn’t even have the best night of the Carolina guards.

Joel Berry laid the ball in on a pass from Williams on the very next possession. Williams passed the baton along with the ball to Berry. From that point on, Williams went scoreless. Berry scored 27 more points, including five threes. Combined, Williams and Berry scored 49 points and made all 11 of UNC’s three-pointers as the ninth-ranked Heels went on to win 96-72 over the Cardinal.

Luke Maye was the only other Tar Heel in double figures. The junior scored 8 of 12 of his points in the second half and grabbed nine rebounds.

Reid Travis led the Cardinal with 21 points. He has scored at least 20 points in four of his team’s first five games. His highlight of the night was a dunk in Sterling Manley‘s face. After which, he hit Manley in the head while taunting him and was given a technical foul.

The game was punctuated by one of the most vicious dunks you will see this season. Freshman Jalek Felton put Trevor Stanback on a poster to cap the scoring and rub salt in the Stanford wound.

What’s Next

The Heels are on the West Coast to play in the Phil Knight Invitational, or PK80, in Portland. This is a one-time tournament put on to celebrate Nike Founder Phil Knight’s 80th birthday. It is actually two tournaments in one because it is broken into two eight-team brackets. North Carolina is in the Victory Bracket with Portland, Arkansas, Oklahoma, UConn, Oregon, No. 4 Michigan State, and DePaul.

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Tipoff of the first game against Portland is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET on Thanksgiving and will be broadcast on ESPN.