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Sullinger drops in 40 points against IUPUI

Jared Sullinger (courtesy of Ohio State athletics)

We all knew before coming to Ohio State, Jared Sullinger was a great basketball player.

So when he scored 40 points against IUPUI recently, that was not shocking at all.

But those points came in a week when his uncle, Harold Sullinger, a former basketball player at Iowa, passed away.

The 6’9, 270-pound Sullinger, a freshman, set an Ohio State record for freshman with 40 points, including 26 in the second half, leading a rally by the Buckeyes to get past Indiana-Purdue-Indianapolis in Value City Arena.

This was the first 40-point game by an Ohio State player  since Dennis Hopson had 41 in a loss at Dayton in 1986. Sullinger also grabbed 13 rebounds and set a couple more freshman records by sinking 16 of 23 free throws.

The 40 points by Sullinger might’ve been all-for-not if OSU had lost. The Buckeyes were losing 50-41 with 12:30 to go in the second half. Sullinger scored 14 points in a 24-4 run which turned a possible upset into win number seven for the 7-0 OSU squad.

The Buckeyes have not lost a home game to an opponent outside of the six major conferences (Big Ten, Big East, Pac 10, ACC, SEC and WAC) since losing at St. John Arena to Bowling Green.

Info courtesy of Ohio State athletics

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