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Second-Half Run and Rebounding Lead UNC Past Davidson

by | Dec 2, 2017

Davidson senior Peyton Aldridge led the Wildcats with 22 points, but it was his shots that rimmed out that gave the Tar Heels a 10-point victory.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Joel Berry II scored a game-high 27 points and Luke Maye recorded 24 points and 17 rebounds to lead nationally-ranked North Carolina past Davidson, 85-75, Friday evening at the Spectrum Center.

Despite the setback, Peyton Aldridge paced three Wildcats in double figures with 22 points. Jon Axel Gudmundsson scored 19 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 6 assists, while backcourt mate Kellan Grady added 18, including four treys.

Sophomore Jon Axel Gudmundsson scored 19 points in the Cats showdown against the defending national champion UNC Tar Heels.

In addition to controlling the glass, 54-23, the Tar Heels finished with 25 second-chance points and outscored Davidson, 48-18, in the paint.

After an Aldridge layup made it a four-point contest, 56-52, North Carolina (7-1) broke the game open with a 20-6 run to push the margin to 18, and put the game out of reach.

The Wildcats, who entered leading the nation in 3-pointers per game (13.8), assists per game (21.8) and assist-ratio (2.48), drilled 14 treys and handed out 19 assists on 26 field goals.

Davidson (3-3) jumped out to a 17-10 advantage, but the Tar Heels responded with a 10-2 spurt to grab their first lead, before heading to the break up, 43-37.

Davidson freshman Kellan Grady scored 18 points against the Tar Heels — included four three point shots like this one.

Maye tallied his fifth career double-double prior to intermission, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the opening period.

Kenny Williams also hit the 10-point plateau for UNC with 12 points.

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Davidson returns to John M. Belk Arena for a 7 p.m. contest Tuesday against VMI.

 

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