March Madness: Boston College's Olivier Hanlan Sets ACC Record

By John Engel
JD Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Just when it seemed like we’d seen everything from Boston College freshman guard Olivier Hanlan, the Atlantic Coast Conference‘s rookie of the year reaches yet another milestone.

In Boston College’s 84-64 victory Thursday over Georgia Tech, Hanlan scored 41 points, setting an ACC tournament record for a freshman. The previous record was set by a marginally talented North Carolina Tar Heel named Harrison Barnes.

Hanlan made 12 consecutive shots to finish the game and ended with only four missed attempts. He nearly took down the conference record for made 3-pointers, but needed one more made attempt to tie the record of nine.

The eighth-seeded Eagles started the game in a 15-0 deficit, but Hanlan’s performance resurrected a team which appeared to be preparing for imminent defeat. He sparked a 37-10 run that changed a 14-point deficit into a 13-point lead with less than 15 minutes remaining in the second-half.

With the game all but out of reach for Georgia Tech, the only real entertainment came watching to see if Hanlan would reach Barnes’ milestone as a freshman or best Lennie Rosenbluth‘s 56-year-old record of 45 points for any player in the tournament.

Now, Boston College moves on to face No. 9 Miami and the ACC tournament quarterfinals. The Hurricanes are the tournament’s top-seeded team.

The Eagles were predicted to finish last in the conference during the preseason, but once again have the taste of winning on their lips. Boston College is now riding a four-game winning streak and will hope to stay hot against the top-seeded Hurricanes.

 John Engel is a college basketball writer for Rant Sports, covering the Pac-12 and Mountain West conferences. John works for ESPNLA 710 AM radio in addition to Rant Sports. Follow: @engelsportsguy

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