CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Justin Jackson matched his career high with 27 points and hit a career-best seven 3-pointers to help No. 7 North Carolina beat Davidson 83-74 on Wednesday night.
Luke Maye added an early burst by scoring all of his career-high 10 points before halftime for the Tar Heels (9-1), who played without top point guard and No. 2 scorer Joel Berry II. UNC didn’t get in any kind of groove, with the 6-foot-8 Jackson largely carrying the offense.
Jack Gibbs – ranked seventh nationally by averaging 23.3 points – finished with 30 points for the Wildcats (5-3), who trailed by 16 midway through the second half before making a late push to get within three in the final 2 minutes.
But Kennedy Meeks answered with two free throws, then Isaiah Hicks followed with two more after getting a big rebound in traffic with 52 seconds left to help UNC hang on.