Staff photo by Chuck Liddy
GREENSBORO – Fans at the Greensboro Coliseum got exactly what they expected Thursday afternoon.
North Carolina senior Tyler Hansbrough broke the ACC scoring record. Ty Lawson, the Tar Heels’ point guard, didn’t play because of an injured right big toe.
And top-seeded North Carolina rolled to a 101-58 defeat of No. 16 seed Radford in a first-round NCAA Tournament game. The only real suspense was the method by which Hansbrough would score the points to break the ACC career scoring record of 2,769 points set in 2006 by former Duke guard J.J. Redick.
Hansbrough, who entered the game needing three points to surpass the record, passed Redick on the first of two free throws with 15 minutes, 43 seconds remaining in the first half. A 22-point effort had Hansbrough at 2,789 for his career after the game.
Although Hansbrough shot just 5-for-16 from the field, he made all 12 of his free throw attempts.
Without Lawson, North Carolina (29-4) still raced to 25
fast-break points as guard Wayne Ellington led the way with 25 points on 11-for-16 from the field.
Forward Danny Green, who was coming off a 3-for-25 effort from the field over three games in the ACC Tournament, shot 6-for-14 and finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.