Tyler Hansbrough: UNC's New All-Time Leading Scorer

Chris GrinsteadCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2008

Tyler Hansbrough and the North Carolina Tar Heels played a solid game on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 against Evansville. Hansbrough's 20-point effort did help the Tar Heels to win the game 91-73.

However, there is a much larger story underlying this game. Hansbrough, coming into the game needing only nine points to become the all-time leading scorer in UNC history, is now adding to his record. This record, previously held by Phil Ford, was a 30-year old record.

The most amazing aspect of this aged record finally being broken is that it withstood famed careers like Michael Jordan, Antawn Jamison, and James Worthy.

Ford, now an assistant coach to fellow UNC alumnus, Larry Brown of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats, finished his career in 1978 with 2,290 points.

Tyler Hansbrough has scored in double figures in 46 straight games and has scored 20-plus points 62 times (UNC is 54-8 in those games.)

Hansbrough is easily the most prolific big-man ever to play for UNC. The record is only one more way of proving it.