Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head coach Brian Gregory gives his players instructions against the Boston College Eagles during the second half of their ACC Championship college basketball game in Greensboro, North Carolina March 14, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Georgia Tech men's basketball team was no match for Boston College's freshman standout. Olivier Hanlan set an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament freshman record with 41 points and Boston College beat the Yellow Jackets 84-64 on Thursday in the first round at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Tech, the No. 9 seed that also lost to the Eagles in the regular season finale, finished 16-15. Eighth-seeded Boston College will play top-seed Miami in today's quarterfinals at noon.
Hanlan, who was named the conference's rookie of the year, scored the most points by any player since 1970 and broke the old freshman mark of 40 set by North Carolina's Harrison Barnes, now a member of the Golden State Warriors, in the 2011 tournament.
Hanlan was 14 of 18 from the field, including a sensational 8 of 10 from 3-point range -- one shy of the tournament record for 3-pointers. The 6-foot-4 guard made his final 12 shots.
Tech got off to a fast start, leading 15-0 through the game's first five minutes as Marcus Georges-Hunt, Tech's top freshman, scored eight of his team-high 21 points. The Yellow Jackets led 28-14 after a jumper by Mfon Udofia at the 7:11 mark, but Boston College came roaring back.
Hanlan scored 14 points over the final six and a half minutes of the opening half, helping Boston College (16-16) turn that large deficit into a 38-33 halftime advantage.
Tech got as close as 38-35 on a 3-pointer by Daniel Miller 30 seconds into the second half.
Hanlan passed Barnes and equaled another North Carolina product, Charles Scott's 41-point effort in the 1970 quarterfinals, on a 3-pointer with 2:49 to play.
The Eagles, who along with Tech are one of the youngest teams in the ACC, shot 51 percent (31 of 61) from the field and got 15 points from freshman guard Joe Rahon and 11 and 10 points, respectively, from sophomores Ryan Anderson and Patrick Heckmann.
Aside from Georges-Hunt's big day, the Yellow Jackets struggled shooting (24-for-75 from the field) and had one other player in double figures as Udofia added 10 points.