POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 16, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio » Nine straight times Jon Diebler flicked his wrist behind the arc, and every time the ball swished through the net.
It was one of the greatest shooting performances ever for an Ohio State player.
Diebler matched an Ohio State record with those nine 3-pointers, scoring a career-high 29 points and leading the second-ranked Buckeyes past Florida Gulf Coast 83-55 last night.
"I knew I missed my first two of the game and Coach told me I wasn't ready to shoot and to just get ready and get my feet set," the senior guard said. "I started doing that and they started falling for me."
After hitting nine in a row, he stayed in another 4 minutes but missed his last three attempts at the record. That made him 9-for-14 overall on 3s.
The nine 3s were a Value City Arena record and tied the school mark previously held by Jay Burson.
The Buckeyes improved to 9-0. The Eagles fell to 2-6.
LaceDarius Dunn scored 24 points for his fourth consecutive 20-point game and the Bears (7-0) beat the Wildcats (5-6) for their school-record 12th consecutive home win.
Blake Hoffarber scored 13 points to go over 1,000 for his career, Trevor Mbakwe added 13 points and 13 rebounds and the Gophers (10-1) beat the Zips (4-4) after trailing 32-27 at halftime.
James Nunnally scored 23 points and the visiting Gauchos (5-3) held off the cold-shooting Rebels (9-2).
UNLV made only 29 percent of its shots (18 of 62).