RJ Davis scores career-high 42, lifts No. 9 UNC past Miami

RJ Davis scored a career-high 42 points, with 21 points in each half, and No. 9 North Carolina finally got clicking and still had to fend off Miami for a 75-71 victory Monday night at Chapel Hill, N.C.Davis connected on four consecutive 3-pointers in the second half to send the Dean Smith Center crowd into a frenzy. His previous career-high total was 36 points. He broke the arena record that had been 40 points by former North Carolina player Tyler Hansbrough.Davis boosted the lead to 73-70 with a free throw with 24 seconds left and the Tar Heels snatched the offensive rebound when he missed the second attempt.North Carolina (22-6, 14-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its third consecutive game to create a 1 ½-game lead on second-place Duke, which meets last-place Louisville on Wednesday night.Norchad Omier, who had 22 points, missed a potential tying shot from the lane with less than 50 seconds left. Bensley Joseph racked up 21 points and Kyshawn George added 14 points for the Hurricanes (15-14, 6-12), who lost their seventh game in a row.Hubert Davis coached his 100th game for North Carolina, improving his record to 71-29.North Carolina looked ready to pull away with a 50-38 lead, but the Hurricanes answered with an 8-0 run to keep some of the suspense.Davis drained consecutive 3s after a timeout with about 7 1/2 minutes to play, pushing the Tar Heels to a 64-50 advantage. He added two more long balls as part of his 7-for-11 shooting from beyond the arc.