The North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team got a big win over the Florida State Seminoles on Monday night.
More importantly, Brice Johnson went ham, turkey and roast beef against FSU.
North Carolina's senior forward scored a career-high 39 points and grabbed 23 rebounds—notching the first 30-point, 20-rebound game in program history, according to ESPN Stats & Info—as the Tar Heels defeated the Seminoles, 106-90.
Johnson also made 14 of his 16 field-goal attempts to go along with three steals and three blocks. He looked like a man among boys at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, and former Grantland writer Mark Titus couldn't help but laugh:
Mark Titus @clubtrillion
This Brice Johnson performance is the best I've seen this year. Looks like he's a dad playing pool bball against his kids. Almost comical.1/5/2016, 2:04:51 AM
The Tar Heels won their seventh game in a row and have opened ACC play at 3-0, with two of those wins coming by double digits.
It's safe to say Johnson would've been a great play in daily fantasy leagues, and B/R's Kerry Miller offered his condolences to those who didn't:
Kerry Miller @kerrancejames
If you didn't take Brice Johnson in your CBB DFS lineup tonight, I'm sorry for your loss.1/5/2016, 2:07:15 AM
Johnson's performance will steal the headlines, but teammate Marcus Paige also had a huge game, scoring 30 points and hitting five three-pointers. Paige and Johnson became the eighth UNC teammates—and first since 1998—to score 30 points in the same game, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
The 6'10" Johnson did a bit of everything Monday. Seven of his 23 rebounds came on the offensive end, and he also dunked on the 7'3" Boris Bojanovsky, courtesy of UNC Athletics:
You decide what's better – Brice jamming an 'oop over a 7-footer or some perfect @UNC_Basketball transition offense: https://t.co/jYI4KPnKHn1/5/2016, 2:11:14 AM
Florida State kept the game close despite what the final score would indicate. The Tar Heels led 43-42 early in the second half, and with the Seminoles looking to take the lead, Johnson did this, recording his only assist of the night in the process, per UNC Athletics:
You saw his offense, but Brice Johnson got this huge block & pinned it to the glass in the @UNC_Basketball W vs FSU: https://t.co/VQdRX6fJZK1/5/2016, 2:12:05 AM
This North Carolina-Florida State showdown was the appetizer before ESPN's main course: the No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle between Kansas and Oklahoma. ESPN's Jeff Borzello thought the Jayhawks-Sooners contest had a tough act to follow:
Jeff Borzello @jeffborzello
Brice Johnson: 39 points, 23 rebounds, three steals, three blocked shots. 14-16 from the field. Top that, 1 vs. 2.1/5/2016, 2:08:21 AM
And to think, of all the players who have played at North Carolina—including Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Harrison Barnes—Johnson put together an individual performance that would rival any of them, per Sherrell McMillan of Inside Carolina:
Sherrell D. McMillan @RellDMC
Save that one from Brice Johnson folks, doubtful you'll see a better performance from a UNC player for a long time.1/5/2016, 2:08:27 AM
LSU freshman Ben Simmons has been college basketball's stat-sheet stuffer this year, but for one night, Johnson is going to get that distinction.
North Carolina needed everything it got from Johnson against a game Florida State team, but the Tar Heels look like the favorites in the ACC as long as Johnson can put up at least half of what he did Monday night.
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