CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Jackie Manuel raced in for a dunk off an opening-tip play, and North Carolina was off to the races.
Playing for the first time in eight days, No. 8 North Carolina showed no effects of the layoff, posting a 109-60 victory over Loyola of Illinois.
Manuel scored just four seconds into the game and set the tone for a dominating performance by the Tar Heels. North Carolina shot 68 percent (23-of-34) from the field in the opening 20 minutes - including 6-of-10 from the arc - to take a 63-36 lead.
North Carolina (7-1) won its seventh straight game since a season-opening loss to Santa Clara, its longest win streak since the 2000-2001 season, when the Tar Heels won 18 in a row.
"When we run and continue to run, other teams get tired and they feel like they just want to take a break and foul," North Carolina forward David Noel said. "Knocking down free throws is helping us a lot."
Loyola (2-6), which has lost five straight games, could not deal with North Carolina's size and quickness. The Ramblers shot 52 percent in the first half but committed 13 turnovers and were victimized by nine steals by the Tar Heels.
"Several years ago, Duke had a string of a couple of years where they made more free throws than opponents shot and I started trying to do that at Kansas," UNC coach Roy Williams said. "That has been extremely important for us. It shows you get the basketball inside first and hopefully you have a chance for the other team's best players to be sitting on the bench at the end of the game."
The Ramblers shot just 26.5 percent (9-of-34) in the second half and shot only nine free throws overall compared to 27 for the Tar Heels.
"We panicked a lot of took a lot of shots on our first look instead of trying to get some things accomplished," Loyola coach Jim Whitesell said. "We have got to improve offensively. North Carolina drove us out of anything we wanted to do. They are really good."
Jawad Williams led the Tar Heels with 17 points and also had four steals. Rashad McCants and Marvin Williams scored 16 each for North Carolina, which had 11 different players score.
Blake Schilb scored 15 points and Dave Trelander added 12 for Loyola.