The Greatest Series: Top Performance No. 10

Don Schlundt had an illustrious Indiana basketball career and still ranks third all-time in career scoring. But the final game of his college career makes our list of the No. 10 individual performances in IU history. This kicks off "The Greatest" series at AllHoosiers.com.

Beginning today, we will have a daily installment of "The Greatest" series that will chronicle some of the top players, teams and performances in Indiana basketball history.

The first top 10 countdown will look at some of the top individual performances in IU history. Go to the premium message board and weigh in with your own votes for what some of the top individual efforts have been in IU history.

NO. 10: SCHLUNDT HAS MEMORABLE CAREER FINALE

Don Schlundt will always be remembered as one of the greatest players in IU basketball history.

He was the leading scorer on the 1953 IU national championship team and scored 30 points in the NCAA final against Kansas when the Hoosiers prevailed 69-68 in Kansas City, Mo.

Schlundt was a three-time All-American, one of only two players in IU history to accomplish that feat (Kent Benson was the other).

His final three seasons at IU he averaged 25.4, 24.3 and 26.0 points per game.

He had a lot of big games along the way but apparently he saved his best for last. And it's that performance that is recognized today as No. 10 in the greatest individual performances in IU history.

The 1954-55 season was a disappointment overall by IU standards. The Hoosiers would finish 8-14 overall and in sixth place in the Big Ten with a 5-9 record. This, just two years after Indiana had won the national championship in '53. Even the '54 team went 20-4 and 12-2 in conference to win the Big Ten title.

But in '55 IU had lost players like Bobby ‘Slick' Leonard, Dick Farley and Charle Kraak. And it was a much tougher road for seniors Schlundt and Burke Scott.

That season finished up in Bloomington on Saturday, March 5 when the Hoosiers played host to Ohio State. IU needed a win to avoid finishing last in the Big Ten.

Ohio State led for the first 30 minutes of the game but IU outscored the Buckeyes 24-5 in the final 10 minutes and went on to post a 84-66 victory.

In that final run, Schlundt scored 17 of the 24 points to lead IU to the victory.

For the game, he scored 47 points which at the time tied the Big Ten record for most points ever scored in a game. Interestingly, the only other time a Big Ten player had scored 47 points in a game was when Schlundt did it the year before against Ohio State in Bloomington.

The points also moved Schlundt from third place in the conference in individual scoring to first. That allowed him to become the first player in conference history to lead the Big Ten in scoring three consecutive seasons.

There was one other noteworthy fact about Schlundt's performance that day – He attempted 30 free throws in the game. That still ranks as a school record for IU for most free throw attempts in one game. How many did it hit? He made 25 of them to go along with his 11 field goals.

Stay tuned for the No. 9 selection in "The Greatest" series tomorrow at AllHoosiers.com.

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