Hubert Davis was pleased with North Carolina’s approach to a must-have game Saturday against No. 6 Virginia. The Tar Heels jumped out to a 42-26 halftime lead and never looked back, beating the Cavaliers 71-63 to pick up their first Quad 1 win of the season.

The star of the show was forward Pete Nance, who scored 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting to go with 4 blocks, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. Nance, who also shot a perfect 4-for-4 from the 3-point line, was in his bag.

And it was all due to some gifted lemon-flavored Oreos.

“This week, Pete stopped by the office and we started talking about cookies,” Davis told reporters after the game. “I told him the best type of cookies that I like and I asked him, ‘What is your favorite cookie?’ He said a lemon Oreo. I said I’d never heard of that before. I’ve heard of Oreo cookies. I’ve never heard of a lemon Oreo cookie.

“He said just go to the grocery store. I said OK, I’m going to Harris Teeter right after practice, I’m gonna go look for the lemon Oreo, and if I can’t find it I said we’re going to get into a brawl. And he said fine. So I went into Harris Teeter, and there they were.

“At home, after every pregame meal, he goes up to my office and takes a nap on my couch. And so when he went in there, I had the Oreo cookies laying down. And so right after the game, I walked into the locker room. I said, ‘Guys, you have no idea what allowed us to be pretty good today.’ And he went into the locker and threw the Oreos — he didn’t eat it yet — and threw it right there on the ground. And then Coach May said, ‘You’ve got to go to Harris Teeter today.’ So soon as I leave you guys, I’m going to Harris Teeter to go get some more lemon Oreo cookies.”

The Tar Heels (18-11, 10-8 ACC) have won back-to-back games after dropping 5 of 6. Their chances of earning an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament got a major boost with the win over Virginia, but that win has to be the start of a run, not the main bullet point.

UNC heads to Tallahassee on Monday to battle a Florida State team that just roared back from a 25-point deficit to upend Miami. Carolina then returns home to host Duke next Saturday to close out the regular season. A 4-game winning streak to head into the ACC Tournament would certainly be something.

Davis better stock up on Oreos.

“I’m serious. I’ll bring them to Tallahassee,” Davis said. “If that works, let’s do it. Let’s try it.”