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No. 7 North Carolina beats Stanford 90-72 in 1st home game

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Kenny Williams spent two games missing shot after shot in an unusually cold stretch for No. 7 North Carolina's senior starting guard and top defensive player.

He tried not to get too frustrated and kept believing the next ones were sure to fall - until they finally did against Stanford on Monday night.

Williams scored 12 points after starting the season by missing his first 10 shots, and UNC dominated the first half to beat Stanford 90-72 in its home opener.

It was a good sign for Williams, whose 0-for-10 shooting start through two games included missing all eight of his 3-point tries. It was an odd stretch for a guy who had improved to a 40 percent 3-point shooter last season and a complementary double-figure scorer, yet he entered this game with just a single free throw in Friday's win against Elon to his credit.

But he scored on a layup less than 90 seconds in Monday, then followed with 3 a few minutes later to finally break through.

''It was a big relief,'' Williams admitted, even as he tried to shrug off the frustration.

''I wasn't doing anything different to my shot,'' he said. ''Like I told you guys, it just wasn't going in. And that happens sometimes. At some point, it would fall in again.''

Cameron Johnson had 17 points to lead four players in double figures for the Tar Heels (3-0), who shot 60 percent in the first half to take a 52-26 lead on Luke Maye's 3-pointer just before the buzzer.

It was a rough start for Stanford (2-1), enough so that coach Jerod Haase burned a timeout after barely 2 1/2 minutes.

''I told the guys, I'm not worried about mistakes,'' Haase said. ''What I am worried about is any lack of intensity. You could see that in the pace of their cuts. You could see that in how they get open. ... You can see that when they hit the paint and they're not looking for a teammate. So I would say I could sense that early on and that's why I called the timeout.''

KZ Okpala scored 16 points to lead the Cardinal, who got no closer than 15 points halftime.

BIG PICTURE

Stanford: The Cardinal won at UNC Wilmington on Friday night, part of an opening-month schedule that has them crisscrossing time zones with stops in the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis and at No. 2 Kansas on Dec. 1. Haase, a former Kansas player and UNC assistant under Tar Heels coach Roy Williams, acknowledged Friday the slate is ''pretty insane'' but will prepare his players for handling road games. Still, this was a reminder of how difficult that can be, with the Cardinal starting 1 for 12 in a first half that quickly got away from them.

''My goal going into this game was just to see our guys compete,'' Haase said. ''Offensively and defensively, especially in the first half, I didn't feel that we did.''

UNC: The Tar Heels opened the season with wins at Wofford and Elon, marking the first time the program had opened with two road games since 1986-87. One avenged a stunning December home loss from last year, while the other ended up being North Carolina's best scoring output since November 2008. That bumped the Tar Heels up a spot in Monday's latest AP Top 25 poll, then they built a big lead against a team picked to finish ninth in the Pac-12 before coasting to the finish.

IRKED COACH

The Tar Heels were in no danger of losing control, though their Hall of Fame coach was frustrated afterward by his team's second-half play with a big lead. Stanford shot 44 percent after halftime and got to the foul line 15 times, outscoring UNC 46-38.

''I'm not very happy right now,'' Williams said, adding: ''The best thing that ever happened to my team is we don't have practice tomorrow.''

UP NEXT

Stanford: The Cardinal return home to host Wofford on Friday.

UNC: The Tar Heels stay home for a Friday night visit from Tennessee Tech.

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Key Players
K. Okpala
0 F
L. Maye
32 F
30.0 Min. Per Game 30.0
16.0 Pts. Per Game 16.0
3.0 Ast. Per Game 3.0
8.5 Reb. Per Game 8.5
53.8 Field Goal % 48.4
50.0 Three Point % 30.0
79.3 Free Throw % 75.0
  Defensive rebound by Walker Miller 13.0
  Rodney Herenton missed 3-pt. jump shot 15.0
  Offensive rebound by Trevor Stanback 22.0
  Jaiden Delaire missed jump shot 24.0
  Defensive rebound by Jaiden Delaire 38.0
  Walker Miller missed free throw 38.0
  Personal foul on Lukas Kisunas 38.0
  Lost ball turnover on Jaiden Delaire, stolen by Caleb Ellis 48.0
  Defensive rebound by Stanford 1:08
  Brandon Huffman missed hook shot 1:08
  Defensive rebound by Brandon Huffman 1:15
Team Stats
Points 72 90
Field Goals 27-67 (40.3%) 35-71 (49.3%)
3-Pointers 7-22 (31.8%) 6-13 (46.2%)
Free Throws 11-15 (73.3%) 14-21 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 35 45
Offensive 9 10
Defensive 23 31
Team 3 4
Assists 17 19
Steals 8 7
Blocks 5 5
Turnovers 14 12
Fouls 18 18
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST
17 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Stanford 2-1 264672
home team logo 7 North Carolina 3-0 523890
Team Stats
away team logo Stanford 2-1 72.7 PPG 40.2 RPG 12.6 APG
home team logo 7 North Carolina 3-0 85.8 PPG 47.1 RPG 18.8 APG
Key Players
0
K. Okpala F 16.8 PPG 5.7 RPG 2.0 APG 46.3 FG%
13
C. Johnson G 16.9 PPG 5.8 RPG 2.4 APG 50.6 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Okpala F 16 PTS 9 REB 2 AST
C. Johnson G 17 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
40.3 FG% 49.3
31.8 3PT FG% 46.2
73.3 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Okpala 16 9 2 6/13 1/2 3/5 1 32 2 1 1 2 7
C. Ryan 14 5 6 4/12 4/11 2/2 2 34 2 0 1 0 5
O. Da Silva 11 7 3 5/11 1/2 0/1 4 21 1 1 3 1 6
J. Sharma 9 2 0 4/5 0/0 1/1 2 14 1 0 1 2 0
D. Davis 7 2 4 2/7 0/1 3/4 3 27 0 1 1 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Okpala 16 9 2 6/13 1/2 3/5 1 32 2 1 1 2 7
C. Ryan 14 5 6 4/12 4/11 2/2 2 34 2 0 1 0 5
O. Da Silva 11 7 3 5/11 1/2 0/1 4 21 1 1 3 1 6
J. Sharma 9 2 0 4/5 0/0 1/1 2 14 1 0 1 2 0
D. Davis 7 2 4 2/7 0/1 3/4 3 27 0 1 1 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Sheffield 7 0 1 2/6 1/4 2/2 0 18 1 0 2 0 0
B. Wills 4 1 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 20 1 1 3 0 1
J. Delaire 2 1 0 1/6 0/1 0/0 3 14 0 0 2 0 1
L. Kisunas 2 4 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 3 12 0 1 0 2 2
T. Stanback 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 1 0
R. Herenton 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
I. White 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
K. Pugh - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Beskind - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Fitzmorris - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 72 32 17 27/67 7/22 11/15 18 200 8 5 14 9 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Johnson 17 7 1 7/11 3/4 0/1 0 24 0 0 0 0 7
L. Maye 16 8 3 5/9 1/3 5/9 1 26 0 1 1 1 7
K. Williams 12 0 4 4/6 2/3 2/2 1 22 2 0 1 0 0
G. Brooks 12 8 1 5/8 0/0 2/2 3 16 0 1 1 2 6
C. White 9 1 4 2/8 0/0 5/6 2 21 1 0 3 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Johnson 17 7 1 7/11 3/4 0/1 0 24 0 0 0 0 7
L. Maye 16 8 3 5/9 1/3 5/9 1 26 0 1 1 1 7
K. Williams 12 0 4 4/6 2/3 2/2 1 22 2 0 1 0 0
G. Brooks 12 8 1 5/8 0/0 2/2 3 16 0 1 1 2 6
C. White 9 1 4 2/8 0/0 5/6 2 21 1 0 3 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Little 8 5 0 4/10 0/3 0/0 2 24 1 1 1 3 2
L. Black 8 2 1 4/4 0/0 0/0 0 15 2 0 1 1 1
S. Manley 4 5 0 2/7 0/0 0/0 5 14 0 1 0 2 3
B. Robinson 2 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 11 0 0 1 0 1
K. Smith 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
S. Rush 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
S. Woods 0 1 4 0/3 0/0 0/0 1 13 0 0 3 1 0
B. Huffman 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1
W. Miller 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
A. Platek 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
C. Ellis 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
R. McAdoo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 90 41 19 35/71 6/13 14/21 18 200 7 5 12 10 31