GREENSBORO, N.C. — Olivier Hanlan set an ACC tournament record for freshmen with 41 points, and Boston College beat Georgia Tech 84-64 in the first round of the ACC tournament on Friday.
The ACC’s rookie of the year had the highest-scoring game in the tournament by any player since 1970 and broke the mark of 40 set two years ago by North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes.
Hanlan was 14 of 18, made his final 12 shots and was a one-man show in bringing the eighth-seeded Eagles (16-16) back from a 15-0 deficit and into a quarterfinal today against No. 9 Miami, the tournament’s top seed.
Marcus Georges-Hunt had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the ninth-seeded Yellow Jackets (16-15), who have lost five of seven and are likely left to hope for an invitation to the NIT.
MARYLAND 75, WAKE FOREST 62
Dez Wells scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half and Maryland beat pesky Wake Forest. Alex Len and Seth Allen added 11 points each for the seventh-seeded Terrapins (21-11).
They struggled for about 30 minutes against a Wake Forest team they previously beat twice by a combined 36 points.
But they held the Demon Deacons without a field goal for a critical 81/2 -minute stretch while using a late 24-8 run to pull away for their seventh straight win in the series. Maryland will face No. 2 Duke, the tournament’s second seed, in the quarterfinals tonight.
N.C. STATE 80, VIRGINIA TECH 63
Richard Howell scored 22 points with 12 rebounds while Lorenzo Brown led the defensive effort on league player of the year Erick Green to help North Carolina State.
The fifth-seeded Wolfpack (23-9) shot 52.8 percent (28 of 53) and took control with an 11-0 second-half run.
Brown had nine points, 12 assists and seven rebounds, but did his best work as a nagging defense presence against Green — the nation’s leading scorer at 25.4 points per game. Green finished with 15 on 5-for-19 shooting for one more frustrating ACC tournament performance in the senior’s final game.
The Wolfpack advanced to today’s quarterfinals to face fourth-seeded Virginia.