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UNC dominates behind RJ Davis in win over Charleston Southern

This team is fun.

NCAA Basketball: Charleston Southern at North Carolina Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina closed out the non-conference portion of their schedule with a dominating 105-60 win against Charleston Southern in Chapel Hill on Friday night. The effort was led by RJ Davis, who has been the Tar Heels’ star to this point in the season. Being up by so many also allowed extensive minutes from the bench to show off some of the players that will be much-needed depth as the season rolls on.

Davis was, as he has been multiple times this season, a force that Charleston Southern had no answer for. He scored 20 points, dished out 10 assists, and had five assists with no turnovers. It was the only such game in Carolina history. Jalen Washington had a career game off the bench with 17 points and seven rebounds. He hit two of his three-point attempts as well. Elliot Cadeau finished the game with 13 points and three assists. Six Tar Heels finished the game in double figures.

The team shot 56% from the field and only turned the ball over five times. They made 11 three-pointers and won the rebounding battle 46-25. They scored 52 of their points in the paint and had 20 assists as a team. All of those figures are what you’d expect a good team to have against a lower caliber opponent, so none of that is shocking, but it is good to see some notable contributions from more than just the usual suspects. As good as Davis has been, there will inevitably come a time when he has an off night, and seeing guys like Washington be able to step up will be huge in those moments.

Carolina closes the 2023 portion of their season by winning their fans Bojangles biscuits with the 100+ point effort. They look like a team very capable of competing for an ACC title this year after running a gauntlet in their non-conference schedule. There is still a tough test ahead to kick off the new year with three straight road games in tough environments, but tonight was as good of a tuneup as they could have asked for.

The Tar Heels will be back in action on January 2nd on the road at Pittsburgh.