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 looked at some of the top individual performances in IU history. In the second list we’ll look at the best last-second shots in Indiana history. p>
NO. 6: SLICK COMES UP BIG AT Michigan
Bobby ‘Slick’ Leonard is known to basketball fans in the state of Indiana for a variety of reasons. Currently, he’s the color commentator on Indiana Pacers games.
But back in the early 1950’s, Slick was known for what he did on the hardwood as an Indiana Hoosier. A two-time All-American in 1953 and ’54, Leonard was one of IU’s top players on the 1953 national championship team.
The year after IU hoisted the banner, however, is the year that Leonard has a buzzer beater for a win.
IU had gone 6-1 in pre-conference play and opened the Big Ten that year on the road at Michigan on Jan. 2, 1954.
The game was close throughout but was tied at 60 in the closing seconds.
But in the pre-3-point era of college basketball, Leonard knocked down a 25-footer at the buzzer that day to lift the Hoosiers to a 62-60 victory. Leonard finished the game with 16 points. Big Don Schlundt led all scorers with 30 for the Hoosiers.
Stay tuned for the No. 5 selection in “The Greatest” series tomorrow at AllHoosiers.com.
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