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Heel Tough Blog: Putting Brooks' Career Game in Perspective

Gerry Broome - AP

There wasn't a lot to be positive about after Saturday's 96-83 home loss to Georgia Tech. It was a game that Carolina found itself down 30-6 in the first half, and it never recovered. The only positive from the game, was the performance from junior big man Garrison Brooks. Brooks led the team in scoring, with a career best 35 points, on 9-18 shooting. He was a remarkable 17-18 from the foul line, as he appeared to be the only Tar Heel to give any noticeable effort. His career game came 4 years to the day since Brice Johnson recorded 39 points & 23 rebounds in a road win over Florida State. In the process he became only the fourth Tar Heel to score 35 or more points in the Smith Center. He joined a list of Tyler Hansbrough, Joseph Forte and Antawn Jamison to achieve the feat. It was also the 59th time in program history someone scored 35 or more, Brooks in the 23rd player to do so. His 17-18 effort from the free throw line, is the second highest in UNC history, when attempting more than 18 foul shots. The only player to top that is York Larese, who set a ACC record when he went 21-21 against Duke in 1959.

So while the result wasn't what Carolina wanted or expected, Brooks still recorded a all-time performance that'll get overlooked because of the loss. Garrison has come a long way since he arrived as a freshman big man, that was a liability on the offensive end of the floor. Hopefully he can build off this performance, as he tries to lead a turnaround for this team.

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