Ohio State's Sullinger Named Big Ten Player, Freshman Of Week


UPDATED: Tuesday December 14, 2010 5:55 AM

Ohio State's Jared Sullinger was named on Monday the Big Ten Player of the Week and the conference's Freshman of the Week.

The Player of the Week honor was Sullinger's second this season, while he was awarded Freshman of the Week for the fourth time.

Sullinger, a center, scored 40 points in the Buckeyes' win over IUPUI on Thursday, marking the first time since 1995 that a Big Ten player has scored 40 or more points in a game and the first time since 1944 that a Big Ten freshman has accomplished the feat.

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Sullinger also grabbed 13 rebounds in the game, made 12 of 17 shots from the floor and set Ohio State freshman records for made and attempted free throws.

On Sunday against Western Carolina, the Columbus native scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds in just 22 minutes of play, hitting nine of 12 free throws and going 4-for-8 from the floor.

The honor marks the first time since the Buckeyes' Greg Oden in 2006-07 that a freshman has been named Big Ten Player of the Week twice in a season.

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