A record-setting day

March, 19, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough thought about waving to the crowd that had just given him a standing ovation for breaking the ACC career scoring record and then thought better of it.

"No disrespect to anybody," he said, "but I just wanted, again, to stay focused on the game."

Hansbrough broke the record with the first of two free throws at the 15:43 mark. He finished the game with 22 points, giving him 2,789 for his career. Hansbrough tied former Duke star J.J. Redick's record of 2,769 points with a short bank shot 3:32 into the first-round game against Radford.

"You know, I look back and think of all the players that I've watched when I was young and in the ACC," said Hansbrough, who was also 12-for-12 from the free throw line. "All of those, and for me to top all of the scorers in that league, it's special. It's an honor. But still, at the same time, you know, I came here to win the game today, and I didn't want to focus on individual goals."

A UNC spokesman said Redick had asked for Hansbrough's number last week and planned to call him the day he broke the record. Hansbrough was also given the game ball, and coach Roy Williams joked it's probably an NCAA violation, but that he can "handle that one."

"I do think that he said it best," Williams said of Hansbrough. "When you think of the players in this league, the caliber of the players and understand that he scored more points than anybody that's played here, that's as big as it can be. But as he said, he was trying to focus on winning a game. Tyler Hansbrough, from the first day he stepped on our campus, has tried to be the best player he can possibly be."



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