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No. 1 North Carolina pulls away from Portland trailing 89-81

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PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — Top-ranked North Carolina has learned that there will be tests over the weekend in the Pacific Northwest.

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Unexpectedly, the opening was one.

Pete Nance scored 28 points, Caleb Love added 23, and No. 1 North Carolina held off the Portland Flyers 89-81 in the opening round of the Phil Knight Invitational on Thursday.

The Tar Heels (5-0) needed a late 14-3 run to finally pull out of one of the tournament’s host schools.

“I want us to be competitive constantly and in the first five games, there was a half, he was there for a moment, but he wasn’t there for the full 40 minutes on either end of the field,” North Carolina coach Hubert Davis said.

Love held them in the first half with 16 points and reached the 1,000-point mark for his career, becoming the 80th North Carolina player to reach that mark. North Carolina has more than 1,000 points of any school in the country.

Nance picked up the slack after halftime with 20 points and equaled his career high in scoring last season when playing for Northwestern.

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