Phil Ford stood at midcourt, waiting for Tyler Hansbrough. As the reigning national player of the year walked up, Ford playfully bowed in reverence before giving him a hug.
Now even the point guard who flawlessly ran Dean Smith's "Four Corners" offense is looking up at Hansbrough as the storied program's all-time leading scorer.
Hansbrough scored 20 points Thursday night to break Ford's 30-year-old mark and help the Tar Heels beat Evansville 91-73.
He needed just nine points coming in and finished 7-for-14 from the field and had nine rebounds for North Carolina (10-0), which shook off a slow start and stretched the lead to double figures against the Purple Aces (7-2) shortly after Hansbrough passed Ford.
Ford finished his career in 1978 with 2,290 points. Hansbrough broke the record by muscling in a bank shot over James Haarsma and Pieter van Tongeren with 7:41 to go.
"I never dreamed I'd be here and be the all-time leading scorer," Hansbrough said as he stood alone at midcourt after the game. "This is a great honor to be here and to represent you guys every night in this uniform."
No. 8 Gonzaga 84, Texas Southern 42: Josh Heytvelt scored 21 points and Gonzaga crushed winless Texas Southern. Micah Downs added 14 points for the Bulldogs (8-1). Damian Henderson had nine points for Texas Southern (0-10), which has yet to play a home game this season.
Western Kentucky 69, South Alabama 66: A.J. Slaughter scored 21 points to lead Western Kentucky in both teams' conference opener.
The Hilltoppers (6-3, 1-0 Sun Belt Conference) received 20 points from Orlando Mendez-Valdez, who shot 7-for-11 from the field. Jeremy Evans chipped in with 12 points and two blocked shots.
Domonic Tilford, Mr. Basketball out of Jeffersontown, scored a game-high 30 points for the Jaguars (6-5, 0-1). He shot 9-for-16 from the field and 7-for-11 from three-point range.
The Hilltoppers shot 48.2 percent from the field (27-for-56), and 43.8 percent from three-point range (7-for-16).
Tennessee-Martin 97, Brescia 44: Lester Hudson scored 21 points to lead Tenn.-Martin to a win at home.. Anthony Ingram, Andrew Howard and Seth Hart led the Bearcats (8-5) with seven points apiece. The Skyhawks (4-5) opened the game with an 11-0 run to give Brescia an early deficit.
Bellarmine 111, Oakland City 58: The Knights jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back as they crushed the Oaks (5-6).
Bellarmine (7-1) rolled to a 54-24 halftime lead while shooting 60 percent from the field. The Knights finished the game shooting 54.7 percent.
All 14 Knights not only got in the game, but scored. Senior guard Allison Hughes led the way with 19 points.
No. 11 Tennessee 81, Old Dominion 76: Angie Bjorklund matched her career high with 29 points and hit two huge three-pointers as the Lady Vols prevailed in a back-and-forth battle with longtime rival Old Dominion.
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Western Kentucky: Starting point guard Amy McNear is out for the season, teammate Kenzie Rich told the Bowling Green Daily News. McNear was not in uniform for Wednesday's loss to South Alabama. Coach Mary Taylor Cowles said McNear missed the contest for a "team issue." Cowles said, "maybe ... maybe so," when asked directly if McNear's season is over.
Arkansas: Marcus Monk is expected to suit up Saturday when Arkansas hosts Stephen F. Austin. Monk, a wide receiver for the Razorbacks, completed his football eligibility last season but struggled to gain a foothold in the NFL. He played in 10 games as a backup for the basketball team in 2004-05.
Ohio St.: Junior forward David Lighty will miss 6-to-12 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a broken bone in his left foot, Coach Thad Matta said. Lighty averaged 9.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in seven games this season.