In its last game of 2018, the No. 14 North Carolina men’s basketball team notched a comfortable 82-60 win over Davidson and head coach Bob McKillop, a longtime friend of head coach Roy Williams.
UNC (9-3) shot 44 percent from the field and assisted on 20 of 26 field goals. The team also limited the Wildcats (9-4) to 10-38 shooting from 3-point range and outrebounded them, 49-33.
At the first media timeout, the two teams were tied at 5-5 and had combined for six turnovers. UNC’s Garrison Brooks especially struggled early, with two fouls and three turnovers in four minutes.
The game sped up from there. Forward Luke Maye was especially active for North Carolina, with two points, six rebounds and two assists in the first eight minutes. But Davidson responded with a 9-0 run to take a 24-19 lead. During that stretch, UNC went scoreless, with six missed shots and three turnovers.
A quick 6-0 run — with five of those points from Brooks, off Coby White assists — put UNC back in front, 25-24, and forced a Davidson timeout. And a Nassir Little putback dunk, off a missed 3-pointer, pushed UNC’s lead to 29-24 by the under-four timeout.
The Tar Heels led 39-28 at halftime, thanks to at least five points from six different players — and 12 assists on 14 made field goals. UNC was also dominant down low, outrebounding the Wildcats 24-14 and outscoring them 20-8 in the paint.
Cameron Johnson and Brooks spurred a rapid 9-0 run early in the second half. That gave UNC its largest lead of the game at 50-32 — which only grew from there. An 8-0 Davidson run cut its deficit to 15, but UNC kept the Wildcats at a safe distance for the entire 20 minutes.