STATE COLLEGE, Pa. » Jon Diebler had career highs of 30 points and 10 3-pointers and No. 1 Ohio State routed Penn State 82-61 last night to clinch at least a share of the Big Ten title.
Diebler went 5-for-6 from behind the arc in the first half as the Buckeyes (28-2, 15-2) built a 15-point lead. The senior’s 10 3s set a school record and tied the conference record.
Freshman center Jared Sullinger had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Ohio State.
The win allowed the Buckeyes to earn at least a share of their fourth conference championship in six years and stay one game ahead of second-place Purdue. Ohio State can claim the conference title outright with a win over No. 10 Wisconsin on Sunday.
Senior Talor Battle scored 18 points in his final regular-season home game for Penn State (15-13, 8-9).
No. 6 Purdue 75, Illinois 67
JaJuan Johnson scored 23 points and E’Twaun Moore added 18 to help the host Boilermakers (25-5, 14-3) overcome a 13-point deficit against the Illini (18-12, 8-9) to win their seventh in a row and remain perfect (16-0) at Mackey Arena.
No. 9 San Diego St. 85, Wyoming 58
Malcolm Thomas and Brian Carlwell both scored 15 points and the visiting Aztecs (28-2, 13-2 Mountain West) beat the Cowboys (10-19, 3-12), finally finding success in Laramie, where they’ve lost 24 of their last 30 games.
No. 14 Florida 78, Alabama 51
Chandler Parsons scored a season-high 19 points and Vernon Macklin also had 19 for the host Gators (23-6, 12-3), who clinched at least a share of the Southeastern Conference regular-season title.
The Crimson Tide (19-10, 11-4) needed a road win to improve their chances of making the NCAA Tournament.
Now, the Tide probably need to win the SEC tournament to earn the league’s automatic bid.
No. 20 Kentucky 68, No. 21 Vanderbilt 66
Brandon Knight scored 17 points and the host Wildcats (21-8, 9-6 Southeastern) beat the Commodores (21-8, 9-6) to remain unbeaten at Rupp Arena under coach John Calipari.
Festus Ezeli led Vanderbilt with 22 points, but fumbled away a chance at a game-tying shot just before the final buzzer.
Nebraska 69, No. 22 Missouri 58
Lance Jeter scored 16 points and the Cornhuskers (19-10, 7-8) used a 17-2 second-half run to pull away in their final regular-season Big 12 home game. The Tigers (22-8, 8-7) dropped to 1-7 in conference road games.