The Greatest Series: Top Performance No. 8

Greg Graham only made two field goals in one of his most memorable games as a Hoosier in February of 1993 against Purdue. But it was what he did at the free throw line that day that belongs in our top performances in Indiana history category.

Each day, AllHoosiers.com has a new installment in "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. 8: GRAHAM PUTS ON A FREE THROW CLINIC

When Indiana played host to Purdue on Feb. 21, 1993 it was a bittersweet day for the Hoosiers. IU was a perfect 12-0 in Big Ten play and had defeated six ranked conference teams along the way.

But as the Hoosiers prepared to play No. 14 Purdue in Assembly Hall, they were dealing with some inner team pain. The day before in practice, Alan Henderson jumped in the air to try to catch a long outlet pass and then fell to the floor after landing awkwardly on his right knee. The team later got the news that Henderson had torn his ACL and would require surgery when the season ended.

IU's task that day against Purdue thus seemed a little more monumental when the Boilermakers came to town.

The truth, however, is that Indiana beat Purdue by 15 that day, 93-78. The Hoosiers led by eight at halftime at 44-36 and never looked back.

With Henderson out, IU needed someone to step up and take over the scoring load for the final six games of the regular season. That player turned out to be Greg Graham. Going into that game he was averaging 16.5 points per game. Over the next six games, however, Graham averaged 25 per game and had at least 19 points in each of those games. In fact in three of the games, he scored 27 points or more.

The Purdue game was the most interesting though because of the way Graham got his points that day. He was 2-of-7 from the field including 2-of-3 from 3-point range. His saving grace was that he went to the free throw line 28 times – and he hit 26 of them. That's still a school record for the most free throws made in a game.

He finished with 32 points and played all 40 minutes. A few games later he also had 32 in a win over Michigan State. In that game he made 11 field goals though and just six free throws.

Still, that 26-for-28 performance ranks as one of the top individual efforts in Indiana history.

Stay tuned for the No. 7 selection in "The Greatest" series tomorrow at AllHoosiers.com.

In order to stay up with previous installments in the series, here are the links to previous stories in the countdown:

Top Performances: No. 10

Top Peformances: No. 9

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