As if being the first Canadian ACC freshmen of the year wasn’t enough to get himself on the map, Alyma, Quebec’s Olivier Hanlan went for 41 points in his ACC tournament debut on Thursday afternoon.
Hanlan’s outburst broke the previous mark of 40 points held by Tyler Hansborough and Harrison Barnes.
The most eye popping comes from Hanlan’s efficiency in getting to the record 41 points. The first year Canadian point guard shot 14 for 18 from the field, including eight of ten three pointers, leading his Boston College Eagles to a 84-64 win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in round one of the ACC Tournament.
The Eagles will look to continue their run as they take on the ninth ranked Miami Hurricanes this afternoon.
While Hanlan’s explosion stole all the headlines late Thursday afternoon, another Canadian continues his solid work in his own conference tournament.
Melvin Ejim had another double-double helping his Iowa State Cyclones defeat the Okalahoma Sooners 73-66, earning them their first Big 12 tournament win since 2005.
Ejim who averaged 11 points and 9.4 rebounds for the Cyclones in the regular season came to play on Thursday afternoon posting 23 points and 12 rebounds en route to his 21st career double-double.
Ejim and his Cyclones will now look to their Friday afternoon date with the seventh ranked Kansas Jayhawks.
Both Ejim and Hanlan will have to be special once again if their teams plan on making headlines with the upsets.