Thursday, December 18, 2008

Hansbrough Is King At U.N.C.

Thursday night, North Carolina University's All American forward Tyler Hansbrough set the all time scoring record against Evansville in a 91-73 win. Hansbrough scored 20 points Thursday night to break the storied program's career scoring record and helped the Tar Heels remain unbeaten.

Last year's national player of the year went 7-for-14 from the field and had nine rebounds for North Carolina (10-0). Hansbrough passed Phil Ford for the record midway through the first half. Ford, now an assistant coach with the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats, finished his career in 1978 with 2,290 points.

Hansbrough, who needed nine points coming in, broke Ford's record early in the first half. As soon as the record-setting shot went through the net, officials briefly stopped the game to allow Ford, coach Roy Williams and athletics director Dick Baddour to present Hansbrough with the game ball.

After the game, the school showed a brief video montage of Hansbrough's career highlights that included congratulations from several former players. Hansbrough then briefly addressed the crowd, something he admitted Wednesday would probably make him nervous.

"I never dreamed I'd be here and be the all-time leading scorer," Hansbrough said as he stood alone at mid court. "This is a great honor to be here and to represent you guys every night in this uniform."

Being a Duke Blue Devils fan, i naturally dislike Hansbrough. However, a player of his calibre can not be overlooked. He is a grind-it-out player who out works every player on the other team every game. He works hard for his points, rebounds, and his position on the court. This is a great accomplishment for anyone to achieve. I commend Hansbrough for his accomplishments and everything he has done. He is one of the hardest working players I have ever seen, and I do not think anyone can disagree with me on that one.

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