CHAPEL HILL — Freshman Caleb Love had a season-high 20 points, Armando Bacot scored 14 of his 18 in the second half, and UNC beat Wake Forest 80-73 on Wednesday night.
RJ Davis scored 13 points, Garrison Brooks 10, and Leaky Black added eight points, six rebounds and eight assists for the Tar Heels (9-5, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Bacot, who made 8 of 10 from the field, hit a jumper to spark a 12-0 run that made it 45-35 and the UNC never again trailed. Wake Forest’s Daivien Williamson and Jalen Johnson hit back-to-back 3-pointers to make 53-all with 10 minutes to play, but Bacot answered with a layup and his dunk with 4:45 left gave North Carolina a 10-point lead.
Williamson and Isaiah Mucius each scored a career-high 27 points for Wake Forest (3-6, 0-6). Mucius, who went into to the game shooting 16.7% (4 of 24) from 3-point range, made a career-high seven 3s on 12 attempts.
The first half featured nine lead changes and seven ties before the Demon Deacons took a 33-31 lead into the break. North Carolina shot 55% (17 of 31) from the field, made 15 of 21 from the free-throw line, and scored 26 of its 36 points in the paint after halftime.
Wake Forest, which has lost six in a row, shot 39% overall and committed 20 turnovers.
Gardner-Webb 84, UNC Asheville 57
BOILING SPRINGS — Jamaine Mann came off the bench to score 18 points to carry Gardner-Webb to an 84-57 win over UNC Asheville on Wednesday night.
D’Maurian Williams had 16 points for Gardner-Webb (4-9, 3-5 Big South Conference). Jacob Falko added 11 points and seven rebounds. Jordan Sears had 10 points. Ludovic Dufeal tied a career high with six blocks plus six points and seven rebounds.
Gardner-Webb scored 47 points in the first half, a season best for the team.
DeVon Baker had 20 points for the Bulldogs (8-7, 7-3), whose four-game winning streak was broken.
Davidson 73, Fordham 58
DAVIDSON — Kellan Grady had 24 points, including seven 3-pointers, and seven rebounds as Davidson got past Fordham 73-58 on Wednesday.
Luka Brajkovic added nine points and nine rebounds for Davidson (9-5, 5-2 Atlantic 10 Conference).
Chris Austin had 19 points for the Rams (1-6, 1-6), who have now lost four games in a row. Josh Navarro added 14 points and Jalen Cobb had seven assists.
East Tennessee State 59, Western Carolina 48
CULLOWHEE — Ledarrius Brewer recorded 15 points as East Tennessee State got past Western Carolina 59-48 on Wednesday.
David Sloan added 12 points with five assists and Ty Brewer had 12 points and seven rebounds for East Tennessee State (8-5, 4-1 Southern Conference). Damari Monsanto added 13 rebounds.
Xavier Cork had 13 points for the Catamounts (7-6, 0-4), who have now lost four consecutive games. Matt Halvorsen added 12 points, and Tyler Harris had 11 rebounds and three blocks.
The Buccaneers improve to 2-0 against the Catamounts on the season. East Tennessee State defeated Western Carolina 86-78 on Dec. 30.
Longwood 67, High Point 54
FARMVILLE, Va. — Justin Hill had a season-high 20 points as Longwood got past High Point 67-54 on Wednesday night.
Juan Munoz had 14 points for Longwood (5-13, 4-8 Big South Conference). Heru Bligen added 10 points.
John-Michael Wright had 21 points for the Panthers (3-8, 1-5). Lydell Elmore added 14 points and three blocks.
The Lancers improve to 2-0 against the Panthers for the season. Longwood defeated High Point 75-54 on Tuesday.
Radford 67, Campbell 61
BUIES CREEK — Dravon Mangum had 16 points and nine rebounds as Radford topped Campbell 67-61 on Wednesday night.
Chyree Walker had 11 points and seven rebounds for Radford (10-6, 9-1 Big South Conference), which won its sixth straight game. Lewis Djonkam added 10 points and nine rebounds.
Fah’Mir Ali, the Highlanders’ leading scorer coming into the matchup at 11 points per game, shot only 20 percent in the game (1 of 5).
Jordan Whitfield had 20 points for the Fighting Camels (8-9, 4-6). Cedric Henderson Jr. added 12 points. Messiah Thompson had 11 points.
The Highlanders improve to 2-0 against the Fighting Camels this season. Radford defeated Campbell 97-91 on Tuesday.