Williams' Six 3s Help Heels Crush Clemson

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The 10th time turned out to be a charm for Donald Williams.

After getting five 3-pointers in a game nine times in his career, the senior finally got over the hump Thursday night, making six from long range in No. 2 North Carolina's 66-39 victory over Clemson in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Williams hit nine of 12 shots, including six of nine from behind the arc. That matched his season-high of 24 points as the Tar Heels extended their NCAA record 20-win seasons to 25 in a row.

"I think they were worried about Rasheed (Wallace) inside and the perimeter was open," said Williams, who had four 3-pointers in the first half.

The Tar Heels (20-2, 10-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) upped their record against the Tigers in Chapel Hill to 41-0 and moved one game in front of No. 7 Maryland and No. 16 Virginia in the league standings with four ACC games remaining.

Clemson (13-8, 3-8) decided to attack the taller Tar Heels from the outside, but managed to hit only two of 12 from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes while playing its deliberate offense.

"We're going to have to make some shots," said Clemson coach Rick Barnes, whose club shot 31 percent for the game. "That's all there is to it. Against North Carolina, as much as we would like to go inside and try to get some baskets, we're not going to be able to do that, so we have to hit some jump shots."

Greg Buckner led the Tigers with 15 points, but Clemson's point total was the lowest against the Tar Heels since The Citadel had 36 in February 1983. …