North Carolina’s 105-60 win over Charleston Southern on Friday night was pretty much never in doubt. That wasn’t much of a surprise, as it was a buy game, likely designed to shake off the rust after a quiet holiday week.
In this one, after the Buccaneers briefly made the score 10-9, UNC went on a 14-0 run, led by over 20 at halftime, and never looked back from there. A large part of the reason that the Heels were able to jump out quick and cruise was the early effort of RJ Davis.
The Carolina guard has notably been on fire of late, and he continued that on Friday night, finishing with a double-double. He opened the game by scoring 10 of UNC’s first 12 points, en route to a 20-point performance. Beyond that, he also dished out 10 assists, and had five steals, while going 7-13 from the floor and 3-6 from three.
Factoring in the assists, Davis accounted for 44 of Carolina’s 105 points for the game. According to a stat that ESPN flashed up towards the end of the game, he was the first Tar Heel to put up a 20+ point, 10+ assist game since Kendal Marshall did it back in 2012. Add in the steals, and he did something that’s never been done by a UNC player before.
RJ Davis is the first Tar Heel ever to compile 20 points, 10 assists and five steals in a game.— Carolina Basketball Stats & Info (@UNCMBBStats) December 30, 2023
When you do something positive that’s never been done by anyone in the history of a storied program like UNC, that’s pretty good.
Running him close in was Jalen Washington. While the competition wasn’t exactly the strongest, Washington put in a very nice game off the bench. He finished with 17 points on 7-9 shooting, and even knocked down two threes. Add in seven rebounds, and it was a very nice performances from him, setting his career high in points at UNC so far.
Besides those two, four other Tar Heels cracked double digits in points. Elliot Cadeau put up 13, while also finishing with four rebounds, three assists, and a steal. Harrison Ingram didn’t have the most efficient shooting night, but he got to 10 points, while also grabbing seven rebounds. Meanwhile, noted double-double getter Armando Bacot just missed out on another, finishing with 12 points — all of which came in the first half as UNC put Charleston Southern away early — and nine rebounds. Seth Trimble rounded out the double-digit getters, finishing with 12 points and six rebounds.
The hope for this game was generally just that UNC would knock off some rust and stay healthy before conference play gets back underway next week. Carolina did that and can now turn their full attention to Pitt. This game was able to be pretty much completely stress free thanks to the continued dominance of RJ Davis.