2011 Ohio State Basketball
Diebler's Career Night Leads Buckeyes to Road Win
A couple weeks ago, Buckeye senior Jon Diebler became the all-time, Big Ten leader in three-point fields goals made surpassing Pete Lisicky's mark of 332 with Penn State.
At Penn State on Tuesday night, Diebler once again gave the Nittany Lion faithful another reason to remember his name as a three-point marksman.
Diebler poured in a career-high 30 points, including sinking an astonishing 10-of-12 three-pointers, as the No. 1 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes rolled over Penn State Nittany Lions on their way to a 82-61 victory.
The sharp-shooting guard's 10 triples was not only a school record but also tied the conference record.
Senior Talor Battle scored 18 points in his final regular-season home game for Penn State (15-13, 8-9).
With an emotional pregame ceremony honoring the seniors, it seemed as though the Nittany Lions came out flat. Over a 3-minute stretch in the first half, you could tell it was going to be the Buckeyes who would spoil senior night.
Jared Sullinger hit a mid-range jumper over Jeff Brooks before a William Buford dunk following a steal to quiet the crowd to give the Bucks an early 22-10 lead. Buford would finish with 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting while Sullinger tallied a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Following a timeout, Battle, Penn State's leader, tried to regain momentum for the Nittany Lions with an acrobatic scoop shot in the lane. But Diebler rushed down on the break for... you guessed it... a three-pointer from the wing to make it 25-12 with roughly five minutes remaining in the half.
The second half featured more of the "3bler Show", featuring a stretch in which he sank nine straight treys until finally missing his last shot from behind-the-arc with 2:03 left in the game.
With Diebler's hot hand leading the way, Ohio State shot 55 percent overall, including 60 percent (18-of-30) in the final 20 minutes to cruise to victory.
The victory clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title for Ohio State. It also marks the fourth time OSU has earned at least a share of the Big Ten Title since Thad Matta took over as head coach for the 2004-05 season, the most by any Big Ten school during that span.
Ohio State plays their regular season finale on Sunday afternoon as they host the No. 10 ranked Wisconsin Badgers in Columbus.
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