When UNC's leading scorer went down, it needed someone to step up. It turned ...

Early in the second half of North Carolina’s game against N.C. State on Tuesday, UNC’s Cam Johnson began to feel his leg cramp.

Johnson, a 6-9, 210-pound wing, who averages 16.3 points per game to lead the Tar Heels, took a short breather on the bench, got a cold towel and tried to quickly rehydrate.

All five of UNC’s starters scored in double figures, and three finished with double-doubles, including Johnson, who missed the last 12 minutes of the game.

Freshman wing Leaky Black answered with a mid-range jump shot, which started a 9-0 run, and UNC took comfortable 10-point lead with less than six minutes left to play.

UNC sophomore forward Garrison Brooks, who had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, said he had no doubt the team would step up when Johnson went down.

The puzzling 80-72 loss to Kentucky on Dec. 22, in which the Tar Heels had little energy and were out-hustled, now appears to be a thing of the past, as UNC has opened up ACC play with two wins on the road.

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