North Carolina has made it 9 straight for the first time in 7 years, defeating in-state rival Wake Forest 85-64 on Monday night in Chapel Hill.

Wake Forest took a 34-33 lead into the locker room at halftime. The final 20 minutes of play belonged to Carolina. Wake’s largest lead was 36-33 and its last lead was 39-37 with 17:45 to go.

RJ Davis was Monday night’s star, leading all scorers. Having already reached double-figure scoring in the first half, Davis exploded for 23 more points in the second half, finishing with a career-high 36 points on 14-of-23 shooting from the floor, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range, plus 4 free throws.

Harrison Ingram (10 points), Cormac Ryan (11 points) and Elliot Cadeau (14 points) were UNC’s other double-figure scorers in the comeback victory. Ingram made it a double-double, leading the team with 14 rebounds. Elliot led the squad with 3 assists.

With Davis leading the way, it was a tale of two halves for Carolina. The Tar Heels were 0-of-8 from beyond the arc in the first period. In the second half, UNC was 5-of-7 on 3 balls, with Ryan joining Davis on the triple parade. In addition to outscoring the Demon Deacons 52-30, Carolina also managed to rebound better (25-18) with more assists (7-1) in the second half.

UNC outscored Wake in the paint 48-30 points. Fast break points went to Carolina 15-1. Tar Heel defenders also managed 7 blocks in the game.

No. 3 North Carolina looks to make it a double-digit winning streak on Saturday at Florida State.