Stepheson Out of Lineup for Kent State Game

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- North Carolina sophomore Alex Stepheson will not play this evening against Kent State due to a family illness, head coach Roy Williams announced Wednesday morning.

"Alex has returned to California due to an illness in his family," says Williams. "We are not certain when he will be able to return. Of course, at this time our thoughts and prayers are with Alex and his family."

Stepheson, a 6-9 forward, has played in all 13 games for the top-ranked and unbeaten Tar Heels. The Los Angeles native is averaging 3.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in 13.9 minutes per game.

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