Improving North Carolina downs Wake Forest

Caleb Love scored 20 points as North Carolina put together a strong second half to defeat visiting Wake Forest 80-73 on Wednesday night in Chapel Hill, N.C.North Carolina (9-5, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won four of its past five games. The Wednesday result matched the largest final margin for the Tar Heels in an ACC game — win or loss — this season.Armando Bacot added 18 points, RJ Davis had 13 points off the bench and Garrison Brooks supplied 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds for the Tar Heels, who are 5-0 in home games.Isaiah Mucius and Daivien Williamson each poured in 27 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Demon Deacons (3-6, 0-6) dropped their sixth game in a row. The duo combined to shoot 17-for-31 from the field, including 10-for-18 from 3-point range.Wake Forest made 13 3-pointers, taking 34 of its 59 total field-goal attempts from beyond the arc. North Carolina was 3-for-9 from long range.In Wake Forest’s previous four games, the opponents held national rankings, and North Carolina was in the rankings earlier this season.Wake Forest led 33-31 at halftime, but the Tar Heels were on top for the game’s final 17 minutes.The Demon Deacons were within 60-57 after Jalen Johnson’s 3-pointer with 6:43 to play.