No. 19 UNC rolls past Loyola in Davis’ coaching debut

Loyola_Md_North_Carolina_Basketball_02478 North Carolina head coach Hubert Davis reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Loyola Maryland in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021.
Loyola_Md_North_Carolina_Basketball_65527 North Carolina guard Kerwin Walton (24), forward Brady Manek (45), guard Caleb Love (2) and forward Dawson Garcia react following a play against Loyola Maryland during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021.
Loyola_Md_North_Carolina_Basketball_40178 North Carolina head coach Hubert Davis directs his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Loyola Maryland in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021.
Loyola_Md_North_Carolina_Basketball_49928 North Carolina forward Dawson Garcia (13) and Loyola Maryland forward Veljko Ilic (1) reach for the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021.
Loyola_Md_North_Carolina_Basketball_85651 North Carolina guard Leaky Black, left, reaches for the ball against Loyola Maryland forward Veljko Ilic (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021.
Loyola_Md_North_Carolina_Basketball_91779 North Carolina guard R.J. Davis (4) drives to the basket while Loyola Maryland guard Kenny Jones (25) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021.
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Caleb Love scored 22 points and No. 19 North Carolina led the whole way in Hubert Davis’ coaching debut, beating Loyola of Maryland 83-67 on Tuesday night.

Brady Manek, a graduate transfer from Oklahoma, poured in 20 points as one of college basketball’s storied programs launched a new era.

Davis, a former North Carolina player, replaced the retired Roy Williams in April after spending seven seasons on Williams’ staff. Williams watched from a front-row seat near the tunnel where the Tar Heels run onto the court.

Dawson Garcia, a transfer from Marquette, added 12 points and Kerwin Walton scored 11 points for North Carolina, which scored the game’s first nine points.

Jaylin Andrews scored 17 points to lead Loyola. Cam Spencer had 15 points and Kenneth Jones scored 11 for the Greyhounds.

The Tar Heels led 45-31 at halftime, shooting 53.6% from the field.

The lead grew to 72-51 when Davis and Garcia connected on consecutive 3-pointers.

North Carolina is 100-12 in season openers, winning its first game of a season for the 17th consecutive year.

BIG PICTURE

Loyola: The Greyhounds have lost their opener in all four seasons under coach Tavaras Hardy. Last year, the team played a Patriot League-only schedule, so this was the first step out of conference since a Dec. 29, 2019 loss at Virginia Commonwealth.

North Carolina: Davis has said he wanted the Tar Heels to build off good defensive performances and there was a mixture of results on that front. Loyola was held to 43.2% shooting from the field. North Carolina forced only 12 turnovers, six in each half.

UP NEXT:

Loyola: Faces South Carolina State on Friday in Charleston, South Carolina, as part of Rising Coaches Classic.

North Carolina: Home Friday night against Brown.

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