“I don’t have anything to say,” said Marcus Paige about teammate Brice Johnson’s performance on Sunday. “I’m speechless.”
I’m not! UNC vs FSU games always upset me. The first time I attended one in the mid 90s, I left about 2 minutes early and missed a reverse dunk by Vince Carter. I cursed my friend out for wanting to leave early because seeing that dunk would have been the only thing that would have made me feel better after watching my Seminoles lose.
On Sunday, I did see UNC’s Brice Johnson throw down a poster dunk, but it didn’t make me feel good. Neither did watching him score over and over and over again against teh Noles. Johnson finished the game with career-highs of 39 points and 23 rebounds to go with 3 steals and 3 blocks in a 106-90 win. The 39, on 14 of 16 shooting, is the most ever scored in Tallahassee. The performance is also the first 30 & 20 game by a UNC player since Mitch Kupchack did it in 1976 and the 2nd time a UNC player has had 39 & 23 – the other was Billy Cunningham, who had 48 & 25 and 40 & 28 back in 1964.
“Man, can’t really put it into perspective. It was a great night for me,” Johnson told reporters after the game. “I was looking at the rebounds the entire time. I kept telling myself I wanted more than 20. It’s always been a goal I had.”
Well congrats to him! I just wish he would have done it to another school.