March 14, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - ACC Freshman of the Year Olivier Hanlan erupted for 41 points as the Boston College men's basketball team beat Georgia Tech, 84-64, in the first round of the ACC Tournament on Thursday at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Hanlan set the all-time record for points by a freshman. It was the most points scored in a tournament game since 1970 and the third-most all-time. It was the most points ever scored in a first round game.
The Aylmer, Quebec product also recorded five rebounds, three assists and two steals. He went 14-for-18 from the field and 8-for-10 from beyond the arc. He finished the day by hitting his last 12 shots. His eight 3-pointers tied the ACC Tournament freshman record set by Mark Price and was one short of the overall record.
It was the most points scored by a BC player since Tyrese Rice had 46 versus North Carolina on March 1, 2008.
Freshman Joe Rahon had 15 points, seven assists and four boards. Sophomore Ryan Anderson recorded 11 points and five rebounds and classmate Patrick Heckmann added 10 points. Sophomore Eddie Odio corralled 10 rebounds to go along with seven points.
The Eagles (16-16) advance to play No. 1 seed Miami on Friday at noon.
Georgia Tech jumped out to an early 15-0 lead through the first 14:45. From that point on, BC outscored the Yellow Jackets 84-49. Georgia Tech led, 26-13, with 8:06 to go in the first half. BC went on a 25-7 run to close out the half, taking a 38-33 lead into the locker room. Hanlan scored 14 of those points.
The Eagles started the second half on an 11-4 run to take a 49-37 lead at the 16:13 mark. The Yellow Jackets got as close as eight points with 13:11 to go, but BC built the lead to as much as 25, 75-50, with 4:59 to play.
Marcus Georges-Hunt led Georgia Tech (16-15) with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Mfon Udofia added 10 points.