Game Notes from Sullinger’s Big Night
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — It wasn’t a solo effort for Jared Sullinger, but it was a remarkable one.
The young freshman out of Columbus Northland did something that Jay Burson, Jimmy Jackson, Lawrence Funderburke, Michael Redd, Terence Dials, Greg Oden and Evan Turner never did before him, which is score 40 points in a game.
It was the most points ever scored by an Ohio State freshman, breaking Redd’s 13-yeard old record of 30 points set in December of 1997 against USC. That was one year before the Buckeyes opened Value City Arena, and Sullinger’s 40-point game also set a new mark for that venue.
The old record had belonged to Turner, who scored 32 points in a win over Iowa this past February. Turner was also the last Buckeye to score 30 points in game, something he did in the Sweet Sixteen loss to Tennessee this past March.
More Sullinger Notes:
- Greg Oden held the previous honors for highest point total as a freshman under Head Coach Thad Matta. He dropped 29—one shy of Redd’s all-time freshman mark—in a game against Iowa in January, 2007.
- Sullinger had a career high in free-throw attempts, making 16 of 23. Evan Turner was the last Buckeye to make at least 10 free-throws in a game. Turner was 10-12 vs. Illinois on 3/13/10 in the Big Ten Tournament last year.
- With 16 made free-throws, Sullinger’s performance places him tied for third all-time at Ohio State in free-throws made in a game.
- Sullinger’s 16 made free-throws and 23 attempted free-throws are both freshman records. It ties for the most free-throws made and is a free-throw attempt record by an Ohio State player in Value City Arena (Brent Darby was 16-18 vs. Illinois on 1/29/02).
- The 23 free-throw attempts by Jared Sullinger were five more than any Ohio State opponent attempt total this season (18 vs. NC A&T).
- Sullinger became just the second freshman in Big Ten history to tally 40 or more points in a game. The other was Iowa’s Dick Ives, who scored 43 against Chicago on Feb. 5, 1944.
Ohio State Team Notes:
- Ohio State moved to 128-23 (.850) at Value City Arena, improving to 74-5 vs. non-conference opponents.
- The official announced attendance Thursday night was 11,410.
- Ohio State has won 38 of its last 40 games when ranked in the top 10 nationally.
- Ohio State’s four returning starters for the game have combined for 320 career starts and 419 games played
- Ohio State freshmen have accounted for 51 percent of total scoring for the season, including 42 of Ohio State’s 75 total points against IUPUI.
- Ohio State went on a 21-4 run over 6:28 in the second half to turn a nine-point deficit into 61-54 lead.
- Thad Matta improved his career record to 265-85 overall and 163-54 at Ohio State.
- This is the third time in eight seasons at Ohio State that Matta has led his team to a 7-0 start.
- Matta is 84-17 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 79-37 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 163-54. He also is 104-10 in Columbus.
- Matta’s teams at Ohio State are 80-6 when shooting better than 50 percent from the field.
- With the win, Ohio State is 36-6 in the month of December under Matta.
Other Player Notes:
- Senior Jon Diebler made three 3-pointers, pushing his Ohio State career record to 280.
- With three made 3-pointers, Diebler remains in 8th-place all-time in Big Ten career 3-point field goals made, three behind A.J. Guyton (Indiana 1997-00) for 7th place.
- With three made 3-pointers, Diebler extends his streak to 23 games with at least one 3-pointer made.
- With 13 points against IUPUI, Diebler passed Jamaal Brown (1,139) and Frank Howard (1,147) to move into 31st-place at Ohio State in all-time career scoring with a total of 1,148 points.
- Senior David Lighty recorded his 102nd win as a Buckeye vs. the Jaguars on Thursday. He had 35 as a freshman, 25 as a sophomore, 29 as a junior and 7 during the 2008-09 season when he received a medical redshirt due to a broken foot.
- With three steals vs. IUPUI, Lighty passed Michael Redd (149) for eighth place on the all-time career steals list with 151 in his career.
- Junior William Buford had 14 points to push his career total to 973, 27 shy of becoming the 47th player in Ohio State history to record 1,000 points.
- Senior Dallas Lauderdale recorded one block to move his career total to 178, 9 shy of tying Brad Sellers for third all-time in Ohio State history.
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