Game Notes from Diebler’s Huge Night
By Brandon Castel
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Jon Diebler has had shooting nights like this before, but nothing quite to the level of what he did Tuesday night.
With Penn State all hyped up to face the No. 1-ranked Buckeyes on Senior Night in Happy Valley, Diebler made sure they left with nothing but frowns. After splitting his first two tries from behind the arc, the senior from Upper Sandusky rained down nine-straight from long-range before finally watching his final attempt rattle out.
Had it gone down, Diebler would have broken the all-time, single-game three-point record in Big Ten history. Instead, he will have settle for a tie with Michigan State’s Chris Hill, who hit 10 threes in a loss to Syracuse back in 2003.
With his 10 threes Tuesday, Diebler did set a new Ohio State single-game record, breaking the only record of nine set by Jay Burson, and later tied by Diebler against Florida Gulf Coast earlier this season.
Diebler was 9-of-14 behind the arc in that game, which makes Tuesday’s performance all the more impressive. Already Ohio State’s all-time record holder in career threes, Diebler finished the game 10-of-12 from behind the arc for 30 points. It was the most any player has scored against the Nittany Lions this season, topping the 25 scored by Purdue big man JaJuan Johnson back on 1/19/11.
“I grabbed Jon and I said, ‘I need a big one tonight, give me 20-plus,’ ” Matta said.
“And he listened. A couple of those were deep. That’s the type of kid Jon is. He listens well. He did a great job of staying within the system and knocking shots down.”
Along with tying the Big Ten record for threes in a game, Diebler also passed Michigan’s Louis Bullock for the unofficial career-record . Bullock hit 339 threes in his career with the Wolverines, but had his record vacated due to NCAA sanctions.
Diebler tied that mark with his first three Tuesday, and blew past it with his 10th three of the night, and 348th of his career.
More Diebler Notes:
-Diebler’s 30 points were the most scored against Penn State since Georgia Tech’s Gani Lawal registered 34 against the Lions during the 2008-09 season.
-His 10 threes were the most ever by a player at the Bryce Jordan Center. The previous high was eight, set by Rutgers’ Quincy Douby back in 2006.
-Diebler also set an all-time high among Penn State opponents, topping three players who previously held the record with eight.
-Diebler’s 10 threes are the most ever by a Big Ten player against another Big Ten team. They are also the most ever by a Big Ten player in a winning effort.
-Diebler moved up to No. 20 on Ohio State’s all-time scoring list with 1,422 career points.
Ohio State Player Notes:
- OSU point guard Aaron Craft set a season-record for steals in a single game among Penn State opponents with five, surpassing teammate Jon Diebler’s four steals registered when Ohio State hosted the Lions on 1/15/11.
-OSU freshman Jared Sullinger scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his 14th double-double of the season. It was just the second time in the last five games that Sullinger has posted double-digit rebounds.
-Tuesday night’s attendance of 15,403 marked the 6th largest crowd in the 15-year history of the Bryce Jordan Center, and the largest since the Lions hosted Indiana on 1/8/2000 (15,420).
-The student section of 6,072 is the largest in Penn State basketball history.
-Ohio State remained the only Big Ten team senior Talor Battle never beat during his time at Penn State.
-In fact, the Buckeyes have not lost to the Nittany Lions since Thad Matta took over the program back in 2004.
-Penn State coach Ed DeChellis has only defeated Ohio State one time in his eight years at Penn State, and it came back in 2003. The Nittany Lions defeated the Buckeyes 64-47 at Bryce Jordan Arena on 1/10/04. That was his first year on the job, and one year before Matta took over in Columbus.
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