BC’s Hanlan powders Georgia Tech with 41 points
With a record-setting performance, Olivier Hanlan got the ACC Tournament off with a bang on Thursday.
Hanlan, the ACC freshman of the year, scored a single-game freshman tournament record of 41 points as the No. 8-seeded Eagles overcame a 15-0 deficit to roll past No. 9-seed Georgia Tech, 84-64.
Hanlan hit his last 11 shots and wound up making 14 of his 18 field goal attempts, including 8 of 10 from 3-point range, and also made 4 of 5 free throws. His 41 points broke the mark of 40 set by Harrison Barnes against Clemson two years ago, tied for third-most by any player and fell four short of the single-game record of 45 set by North Carolina’s Lennie Rosenbluth in 1957.
BC coach Steve Donohue and Hanlan had no idea that he had set the freshman record or was close to the overall mark.
“With all due respect to the scoring mark, it’s not something that we care about,” Donohue said. “It’s nothing that I talk about.”
Getting hot late in the first half, Hanlan wiped out most of a 28-14 Georgia Tech lead. Hanlan connected for 12 points (including three 3s), as BC went on a 17-3 to forge a 31-31 tie. After the Yellow Jackets secured their last lead at 33-31, BC scored the last seven points of the half, the last five by Hanlan, giving him 21 at the break. BC scored 13 of the first 19 points of the second half to lead 51-39 and Georgia Tech didn’t get closer than eight. Hanlan hit all six of his field goal attempts in the second half.
Hanlan set the record with a shot that looked as if it might rim out before settling into the net.
“It was a lucky shot but I was lucky to get a beautiful pass,” Hanlan said. “My last 12 shots weren’t really tough. But my teammates were finding me in spots and I was trying to move around on the wing because they were guarding so well.”
And while Hanlan’s performance verified his freshman of the year selection, ACC player of the year Erick Green of Virginia Tech saw his college career come to an end in a manner he did not want as he scored just 15 points, 12 below his average that leads the nation, as the Hokies lost 80-63 to N.C. State.
“It hurt walking off like that because I’m a winner and I;ve always been a winner,” Green said. “I was looking forward to ending my career holding a trophy from an ACC championship. It (stinks) because I did not want my career to end like this.”
THIS AND THAT
Lorenzo Brown’s 12 assists against Virginia Tech, set an N.C. State record for an ACC Tournament game and tied for sixth-most by any player. The record is 15 by Wake’s Ish Smith in a 2007 double-overtime game. ... Hanlan’s 41 points were the most by a Canadian player in ACC history. ... BC’s win over Georgia Tech was its fourth in a row, the longest current winning streak in the league.