UNC Basketball: Tar Heels have a historic night in win over WCU

CHAPEL HILL, NC - DECEMBER 06: (L-R) Cameron Johnson
CHAPEL HILL, NC - DECEMBER 06: (L-R) Cameron Johnson /

The Tar Heels put on a shooting clinic in their win over Western Carolina at the Dean Dome

The North Carolina Tar Heels improved to 9-1 on the young season with a 104-61 thrashing of Western Carolina on Wednesday.

The win came in a stretch where the Tar Heels have played five games in about 12 days for the non-conference schedule. But even with the jam-packed schedule, the Tar Heels have looked good.

In Wednesday’s win over Western Carolina, the Tar Heels put their hot shooting on display particularly from the three-point line.

The Tar Heels made 16-of-22 attempts from behind the three-point line for a shooting percentage of 72.7.

With their hot shooting from the perimeter, the Tar Heels made some program history.

According to Jones Angell, the 16 made three-pointers are tied for the second-most in school history. The 72.7 shooting percentage is the best when the team has attempted 20+ shots from the three-point line.

UNC’s shooting display was fantastic in the win and something that should get fans excited for the future of this team.

Kenny Williams continued his hot shooting making 3 out of 4 attempts and fellow junior Luke Maye went 2-for-2 from the three-point line.

Point guard Joel Berry made 2 of his four attempts as well, giving UNC starters 7 made three-pointers on the game.

But it was the bench that might have been really impressive.

Freshman Jalek Felton paved the way for the Tar Heels bench, making all four of his attempts.

Felton finished the game with 15 points, his best performance of the year. This is a crucial time for the freshman with sophomore guard Seventh Woods out.

So far, he’s lived up to the task.

Then there is Andrew Platek. The freshman will also see an uptick in playing time with Woods and transfer Cameron Johnson out of the rotation.

Platek played 17 minutes and drained 3 of 5 attempts from beyond the arc. If the freshman shows he can be a sharpshooter, it would give UNC another deep threat off the bench.

Johnson will likely return for ACC play which helps the Tar Heels rotation. And if the team continues to shoot well, look out.

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The Tar Heels return to action on Dec. 17 when they play a key road game at Tennessee.