UNC Basketball: Tar Heels win first game of Hubert Davis era

In the first game of the 2021-22 college hoops season, the UNC basketball program beat Loyola at the Dean Smith Center.

North Carolina sophomore point guard Caleb Love scored a game-high 22 points against the Loyola Greyhounds on Tuesday night, and the Tar Heels won the first game of the Hubert Davis era by a final score of 83-67.

Love hit 7-of-13 shots for the game, and 2-of-6 from three-point range. He only hit six of his 10 free throw attempts on the night, but didn’t commit a single turnover in heavy usage. He also tallied two rebounds, two assists and two steals in a game that has UNC fans salivating over his incredibly high ceiling this season.

Senior transfer Brady Manek made a good impression in his first game with the Tar Heels, scoring 20 points on a 9-for-15 shooting performance that showcased his smooth mid-range game. He totalled 20 points and five rebounds on the game, while also putting forth a solid defensive effort for the Tar Heels. Two other Tar Heels scored in double-figures — newcomer Dawson Garcia had 12 and sophomore sharpshooter Kerwin Walton scored 11. UNC junior center Armando Bacot had a quiet first game of the season from a statistical standpoint, just eight points and five rebounds, but did have some impressive plays on the defensive end of the court.

The Tar Heels were 29-for-55 (52.7 percent) from the floor, 8-for-21 (38.1 percent) beyond the three-point line and 17-for-28 (60.7 percent) at the charity stripe. So, while they’ll want to work out their issues at the free throw line, they shot quite well otherwise. They also took good care of the basketball, committing just 12 turnovers for the game.

Jaylin Andrews’ 17 points led three Greyhounds who scored in double-figures. Junior guard Cameron Spencer scored 15 of his own, and Kenny Jones had 11. Loyola shot just 41.2 percent for the game, 26.1 percent from long-distance and 56.3 percent at the foul line.

The Tar Heels will now prepare for a Friday night contest against the Ivy League’s Brown Bears at the Dean E. Smith Center.

Check with Keeping It Heel for complete coverage of that game, and the UNC basketball program throughout the 2021-22 college hoops season.