The Greatest Series: Top Performance No. 5

The Greatest Series continues at with the No. 5 performance. This player finished his IU career with back-to-back games totaling 55 points and 61 rebounds.

Each day, 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.


Walt Bellamy had an impressive Indiana University basketball career.

The 6-11 center from New Bern, N.C., is second all-time in rebounds at Indiana, just four behind career leader Alan Henderson. But get this: Henderson needed four seasons and 124 games to get to 1,091 career boards. Bellamy got to 1,087 in three seasons and a total of 70 games. That's impressive. In the 1960-61 season, Bellamy set an IU school record with 428 rebounds. Second in that category all-time is Steve Downing, 51 rebounds behind at 377.

Bellamy captured back-to-back All-American honors and finished his career averaging 20.6 points and 15.5 rebounds in 70 career games.

But when you hear how he closed out his IU career, you very well could be left speechless.

In the 1960-61 season, Indiana finished in fourth place in the Big Ten with an 8-6 conference record. IU won its final three games against Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan. The games against the Badgers and Wolverines were at home.

Against the Badgers on March 6, 1961, Bellamy scored 27 points and pulled down a school-record 28 rebounds. That performance was likely worthy all by itself of ranking among the best individual performances in IU history.

But in his career finale against Michigan, Bellamy did even a little better. In this one, he scored 28 points and pulled down 33 rebounds. The 33 boards was a Big Ten record and still stands as an IU single game record. In fact, it's five better that second place which is held both by Bellamy and Henderson at 28.

So the next time an IU player has big back-to-back games just remember what Bellamy did in March of '61 when he had two games where he combined for 55 points and 61 rebounds.

Stay tuned for the No. 4 selection in "The Greatest" series tomorrow at

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 Performances: No. 9

Top Performances: No. 8

Top Performances: No. 7

Top Performances: No. 6

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