Tuesday's Top 25 Men's College Basketball Capsules
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Jon Diebler had career highs of 30 points and 10 3-pointers Tuesday night and No. 1 Ohio State routed Penn State 82-61 to clinch at least a share of the Big Ten title.
Diebler went 5 of 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, which led by as many as 26 points.
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).
Diebler finished 10 of 12 from the field, all from 3-point range.
Ohio State shot 55 percent overall, including 60 percent (18 of 30) in the second half.
No. 6 Purdue 75, Illinois 67
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — JaJuan Johnson scored 23 points and E’Twaun Moore added 18 to lead Purdue.
It was a fitting display for the two seniors in their final home game. They came off the court to a standing ovation with 3.6 seconds left.
D.J. Byrd added a career-high 16 points and Ryne Smith had a career-high nine rebounds for the Boilermakers, who overcame a 13-point deficit to win their seventh straight.
Purdue (25-5, 14-3) finished with a 16-0 record at Mackey Arena and remained in contention for the Big Ten title.
Demetri McCamey scored 18 points and Mike Davis added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Illinois (18-12, 8-9). The Fighting Illini shot 50 percent from the field, but Purdue made 11 3-pointers and committed just five turnovers.
No. 9 San Diego St. 85, Wyoming 58
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Malcolm Thomas and Brian Carlwell both scored 15 points and San Diego State rebounded from its second loss of the season with a win in an arena where the Aztecs haven’t been very successful.
The Aztecs (28-2, 13-2 Mountain West) faced Wyoming for the second time this season after losing to No. 3 BYU. San Diego State beat the Cowboys (10-19, 3-12) 96-57 on Jan. 29.
The Aztecs lost in Laramie in 2009 and 2010 and in 24 of their last 30 games in the arena.
Desmar Jackson had 16 points for Wyoming, which used a full-court press to take a 15-14 lead 9:35 into the game.
The Aztecs used two 11-0 runs keyed by Thomas and Carlwell to pull away and Wyoming never got closer than 16 points in the second half.
Thomas had 11 rebounds and Carlwell had eight.
No. 14 Florida 78, Alabama 51
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Chandler Parsons scored a season-high 19 points and Vernon Macklin also had 19 for Florida.
The Gators clinched at least a share of the Southeastern Conference regular season title and can claim their fifth out right with a win at No. 21 Vanderbilt on Saturday. Florida (23-6, 12-3) also would win the league if Georgia beats Alabama earlier Saturday.
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.
Florida used a 10-0 run to build a double-digit lead. Parsons, Macklin and Alex Tyus were right in the middle of it on Senior Night. Tyus finished with 11 points and six rebounds. Parsons had 11 rebounds.
Kenny Boynton added 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting from 3-point range.
Trevor Releford led the Tide with 17 points.
No. 20 Kentucky 68, No. 21 Vanderbilt 66
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Brandon Knight scored 17 points and Terrence Jones added 15 points and nine rebounds for Kentucky (21-8, 9-6 Southeastern Conference), which remained unbeaten at Rupp Arena under coach John Calipari.
Festus Ezeli led Vanderbilt (21-8, 9-6) with 22 points but fumbled away a chance at a game-tying shot just before the final buzzer. John Jenkins scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half for Vanderbilt, which rallied from a 15-point deficit to take the lead with 4:25 to play.
Kentucky, which came in 0-6 in games decided by five points or less this season, hit 7 of 8 free throws over the final 1:36 to win its 34th straight home game, the third-longest streak in school history.
The teams traded the lead four times after Lance Goulbourne gave the Commodores their first lead of the game on a driving layup with 4:25 remaining.
Nebraska 69, No. 22 Missouri 58
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lance Jeter scored 16 points and Nebraska used a 17-2 second-half run to pull away.
It was the last regular-season Big 12 home game for Nebraska (19-10, 7-8), which moves to the Big Ten next season.
The Tigers (22-8, 8-7) dropped to 1-7 in Big 12 road games and had a dent put in their hopes to finish in the top four in the conference and earn a bye in the first round of next week’s league tournament.
The Huskers won for the first time in five regular-season meetings with Missouri and denied coach Mike Anderson his 200th career win.
Jorge Brian Diaz had 14 points, Toney McCray 13 and Brandon Ubel 11 for the Huskers.
Marcus Denmon had 16 of his 19 points in the second half and Michael Dixon finished with 13 for Missouri.