Hubert Davis was pleased with North Carolina’s defensive effort and performance in the Tar Heels’ big road win over Clemson on Saturday.

UNC defeated Clemson 65-55 on Saturday, which will significantly boost its NCAA Tournament résumé. This will likely go down as a Quad 1 win for the Tar Heels — their fourth of the year so far.

The Tar Heels had a great night on the defensive end of the floor. They held Clemson to just 36% shooting on the day.

“I liked what we did defensively as a team,” Davis said in his post game press conference. “I thought in the first half we defended and then we kept fouling. We put them on the free throw line 15 times in the first half. I felt like in the first half, that was their No. 1 and most efficient way to score.

“Second half, we did much of the same things but we defended without fouling … That put us in position to box out and rebound and I thought we did a fantastic job of that.”

Carolina was specifically effective at defending the perimeter and Syracuse guard Joe Girad. One of the Tigers’ biggest strengths so far this season has been 3-point shooting, with Girard leading the way at 45.2% on over 7 attempts per game.

But against the Tar Heels, Clemson went just 1-for-18 from beyond the arc. Girard was 0-for-4 from long range and just 1-of-10 from the field.

“It wasn’t one person. RJ, Pax, Seth, Cormac, just the awareness of where [Girard] was and making sure he didn’t get an open look,” Davis said. “And a couple times he did, but I just thought overall, great team defense. Physicality, we were talking on defense, we were engaged.”

North Carolina will face rival NC State in Raleigh on Wednesday.