Olivier Hanlan keeps raising the bar.
Not long after the Boston College guard became the first Canadian ever to win Atlantic Coast Conference freshman of the year honours, the native of Aylmer, QC, scored an ACC tourney rookie-record 41 points on Thursday.
Boston College beat Georgia Tech 84-64 to open the tournament behind Hanlan’s stunning performance.
Hanlan shot 14-of-18 from the field, including sinking his final 12 attempts, allowing his squad to rally from an early 15-0 deficit.
He nailed eight three-pointers — one short of the tourney record and tied for the second-most ever.
Hanlan eclipsed the 40 points North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes scored two years ago and fell four short of Lennie Rosenbluth’s 56-year-old record for shooters regardless of class.
North Carolina’s Charles Scott scored 41 back in 1970.
The ACC has produced megastars like Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Grant Hill, Tim Duncan and Chris Paul, yet, none of them were able to match Hanlan’s accomplishment.
The 20-year-old guard has previously helped lead Canada’s U17 team to a bronze medal in 2010 and competed in AAU ball for years in Ottawa under Carleton head coach Dave Smart.