Feb. 20, 2003

L.A. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant’s current string of seven-consecutive games scoring at least 40 points brings to mind a similar streak recorded by the late Gary Bradds of Ohio State during the 1964 season.

Bradds, who wore No. 35, is one of three Ohio State men’s basketball players to have his number retired. He was the national player of the year in 1964 after averaging 30.6 points for the 16-8 Buckeyes. Ohio State tied for the Big Ten title that year with an 11-3 league record.

From Jan. 25-Feb. 15, 1964, Bradds led the Buckeyes to a 5-1 record in Big Ten play. He scored 47 points against Purdue (W, 98-87) to start the streak. He then continued with 48 points in a loss at Michigan State (L, 102-99), scored 42 points against Michigan (W, 86-85), had 40 at Indiana in overtime (W, 98-96), tallied 49 against Illinois (W, 110-92) and finished with 40 against Wisconsin (W, 92-74).

In his next game against Iowa, Bradds scored 30 points in a 99-82 win over the Hawkeyes.

During the streak, Bradds averaged 44.3 points and scored 46 percent of Ohio State’s offense while the Buckeyes averaged 97.2 points in the six games.

Bryant has scored 40 or more in seven-consecutive games and has at least 35 in his last 11. The Lakers have gone 9-2 during his scoring binge, including a 5-2 in the last seven contests.

Bradds’ Legendary 1964 Scoring Run Date W/L Opponent Score Points 1/25 W Purdue 98-87 47 1/27 L Michigan St. 99-102 48 2/3 W Michigan 86-85 42 2/8 W Indiana 98-86 40 2/10 W Illinois 110-92 49 2/15 W Wisconsin 92-74 40