Jon Diebler lived up to his "3-bler" nickname by going 7-for-8 from behind the arc while scoring 27 points, leading top-ranked Ohio State to an emotion-laden 93-65 victory over No. 10 Wisconsin on Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.
Freshman Jared Sullinger added 22 points, William Buford had 18 and David Lighty 13 for the Buckeyes (29-2, 16-2 Big Ten), who got back at the Badgers (23-7, 13-5) for a painful loss a month ago. After that defeat, Sullinger said a fan spit in his face and Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan added, "We won the game. Deal with it."
Ohio State set NCAA Division I records by making 14 of 15 three-pointers (93.3 percent) and hitting 14 in a row — after missing the first.
"On our best day this year, we hit 11 of 17 and thought we'd hit the jackpot," Ryan said. "Fourteen of 15? I don't think people do that very often. Either that, or I'm living in the wrong part of the country."
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The previous mark for consecutive threes made was 11 by Niagara in 1987.
As the game ended, a capacity crowd chanted, "Deal with it. Deal with it."
Western Ky. 81, Louisiana-Lafayette 76: Steffphon Pettigrew (Elizabethtown) scored 26 points and Sergio Kerusch had 25 points for the Hilltoppers in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament quarterfinals in Hot Springs, Ark.
Juan Patillo had 14 points and 10 rebounds for WKU (16-15), which reached the tournament semifinals for the seventh straight season.
Pettigrew was 12-for-18 from the field and Kerusch went 10-for-16 as Western Kentucky shot 50.9 percent. The Hilltoppers used a 12-0 run to take a 66-55 lead with 5:44 remaining, then held on in the final minute at the foul line.
Penn State 66, Minnesota 63: Talor Battle had 22 points and two free throws with 10.5 seconds left to help Penn State hang on and beat host Minnesota, handing the Gophers their fifth straight loss.
Doss graduate Jeff Brooks had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Nittany Lions (16-13, 9-9).
Blake Hoffarber's 17 points weren't enough for the Golden Gophers (17-13, 6-12), who have their worst Big Ten record in four seasons under Coach Tubby Smith.
Bellarmine 87, Southern Indiana 81 (OT): Bellarmine won its second consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament championship on on Sunday. Tournament MVP Justin Benedetti had 18 points, four rebounds and four assists. Braydon Hobbs added 19 points and 10 assists.
The win was a school-record 27th for Bellarmine.
■ Northern Kentucky and Kentucky Wesleyan both received berths in the NCAA Division II Tournament and will play each other in the first round of the Midwest Regional on Saturday in Louisville.
Bellarmine (27-2) is the top seed and host. It will play eighth-seeded Indianapolis.
Arkansas State 77, Middle Tennessee 62: Middle Tennessee returned to the court for the first time since the stabbing death of teammate Tina Stewart, losing in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament quarterfinals.
With reminders of Stewart all around, the Blue Raiders sat on the bench, heads down and arms locked during a pre-game moment of silence. Stewart's home uniform was draped over an empty chair on the sideline, and her blue No. 20 road uniform hung in the team's locker room.
Middle Tennessee was clearly off when the game started, making just five of its first 22 shots. The top-seeded Blue Raiders agonized over whether to play in the conference tourney but finally decided Stewart would want them to compete.
Ebony Rowe, a freshman out of Paul Dunbar, had 19 points for Middle Tennessee.
"I'm just so proud of my teammates because I would not want to be on any other team in the nation," Rowe said. "I'm just so proud of us. We didn't fail, because we came and we showed up and we showed what MTSU is all about."
Western Ky. 65, Denver 57: Vanessa Obafemi scored a career-high 16 points, and Jasmine Johnson and Hope Brown combined for 27 off the bench as Western Kentucky won in the Sun Belt quarterfinals.
The Lady Toppers (14-16) will face Arkansas State in the semifinals.
No. 7 Notre Dame 63, Louisville 53: Devereaux Peters had 19 points, nine rebounds, and six blocks to help Notre Dame beat Louisville in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament in Hartford, Conn.
The Irish (25-6) will play DePaul on Monday night in the semifinals. It will be a rematch of last Monday night's game in which the Blue Demons scored with about 6 seconds left to edge the Irish by one point. That win earned DePaul the No. 2 seed in the tournament.
Shoni Schimmel scored 12 to lead the Cardinals (20-12).Monique Reid (Fern Creek), who leads the Cardinals in scoring, was held to six points.
No. 12 DePaul 66, St. John's 54: Long known as a great three-point shooting team, DePaul finally seems to have put it all together this season.
The Blue Demons hit just five of 18 attempts from behind the arc, but ran and slashed their way to a win in the Big East quarterfinals.
Lexington Christian graduate Anna Martin scored 17 points for the Blue Demons.
Samford 68, Chattanooga 66 (OT): Second-seeded Samford scored the final seven points of regulation to force overtime, and eventually defeated third-seeded and host Chattanooga in the semifinals of the Southern Conference Tournament. The Bulldogs will play top-seeded Appalachian State in the finals Monday.
Lexington Christian graduate Emily London led Samford with 21 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. She hit three three-pointers and was 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.