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Off the cuff: This may be remembered as the RJ Davis game as he scored 21 second-half points and tied his career high with 30. He also scored 30 against Baylor in the second round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament.

It was the second straight game that Davis has led UNC in scoring and the third time this season. Over his career, he's led the team in scoring 22 times.

Davis is the first Tar Heel to score 20 or more in a second half since Caleb Love had 22 at Wake Forest last season. He had nine field goals in a game for the fifth time in his career.

With 66 points during the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, Davis made the all-tournament squad. The others were Eric Dixon of champion Villanova (MVP) Justin Moore of Villanova, David Jones of Memphis and Tramon Mark of Arkansas.

Carolina 87, Arkansas 72
Tar Heels come back after losing lead


(Photo by UNC Sports Information)

UNC's RJ Davis scored a career high 30 points as the Tar Heels rebounded from a loss the day before by beating No. 20 Arkanas in the consolation game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. (11/24)

Carolina, which led by 12 in the first half, lost the lead and trailed at the half 38-35. "We needed to respond after what happened yesterday and after losing the lead in the first half," UNC coach Hubert Davis said.

The Tar Heels, who fell in overtime to Villanova on Thursday, responded by outscoring the Razorbacks 52-34 in the second half.

There were four lead changes and three ties in the first six minutes of the second half before Davis changed the tone of the game with an off-balanced driving layup while being fouled. After the free throw, the Heels led 51-48.

The Heels never trailed again as the Davis three-point play started a 17-4 run that put them in control at 65-52 midway through the second half.

Arkansas pulled to within six with seven minutes to play but Harrison Ingram hit a turnaround jumper in the lane and Davis followed with a baseline jumper that fouled out Razorback big man Mitchell.

The lead got as high as 15 at 85-60 on a three pointer by UNC's Paxson Woycik with 1:22 to play.

The Tar Heels were in control early too but couldn't sustain it. Carolina took advantage of six early Razorback turnovers to get out to a 12-point advantage. Arkansas' Tremon Mark, who led all scorers with a career-high 34, got hot hitting eight straight shots to not only get the Razorbacks back in the game but in the lead.

Carolina was playing without starter Cormac Ryan, who twisted his ankle late in the Villanova game. In his place Seth Trimble responded with a career high 12 points, which included two big threes from the right corner.

The only other Tar Heel in double figures was Ingram, who scored 13, hauled in 10 rebounds and dished out six assists.

The Tar Heels, now 5-1, return home to play seventh-ranked Tennessee on Wednesday.

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