With five minutes to play, Caleb Love flipped the switch.
All evening, the junior guard had struggled to make an impact while his teammates thrived in North Carolina’s 72-64 win over Boston College. As graduate forward Pete Nance returned from injury, star center Armando Bacot tied the program record for double-doubles in the first half alone.
Love, on the other hand? He had just four points at halftime.
He’d knocked down just two of his nine shots and missed all four of his 3-pointers. It was panning out to be another lackluster performance from the guard — another addition to a recent slump in which Love has averaged three turnovers and shot 31.3 percent from the field.
“I was taking the right shots,” Love said. “It’s different if I was just chucking up shots, but I was taking the right ones. It’s about letting the game come to me and telling myself that the next one’s gonna fall.”
Despite connecting on his first 3-pointer out of the break, Love remained stagnant as junior guard RJ Davis carried the backcourt, dropping 11 points in a span of less than five minutes. But midway through the second half, Davis collided with Bacot on a rebound attempt and was slow to get up. Love’s counterpart wouldn’t hit another jump shot for the rest of the game.
So when UNC’s comfortable 11-point lead disappeared in just four minutes thanks to a 12-2 Eagles run, it was Love’s turn to step up.
After setting a screen for a cutting RJ Davis, Love popped out and caught a pass from Bacot.
He pump-faked once, causing Boston College guard Jaeden Zackery to leave his feet. Love then dribbled once inside to fake a drive before stepping back for his second 3-pointer, extending the lead to 59-55.