• Sat. Nov 26th, 2022

No. 1 North Carolina pulls late from Portland, 89-81

ByDenise T. Tatum

Nov 25, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Top-ranked North Carolina knew there would be testing over its weekend in the Pacific Northwest.

Unexpectedly, his opener was one.

Pete Nance scored 28 points, Caleb Love added 23 and the North Carolina No. 1 held off the Portland Pilots 89-81 in the opening round of Thursday’s Phil Knight Invitational.

It took the Tar Heels (5-0) a late 14-3 run to eventually break away from one of the tournament’s host schools.

“I want us to be consistent against each other, and in the first five games it was there for half, it was there for moments, but it wasn’t there for a full 40 minutes on either end of the floor,” says the North coach Carolina, Hubert said Davis.

Love wore them in the first half with 16 points and hit the 1,000-point mark in his career, becoming the 80th North Carolina player to reach that mark. North Carolina has the most 1,000 point scorers of any school in the country.

Nance picked up the doldrums after halftime with 20 points and achieved his career leading scorer last season while playing for Northwestern.