Purdue rallies to top Illinois
Top 25: Florida rolls Alabama to inch closer to SEC title
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- JaJuan Johnson scored 23 points and E'Twaun Moore added 18 to help No. 6 Purdue beat Illinois 75-67 on Tuesday night.
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 consecutive.
Purdue (25-5, 14-3) finished with a 16-0 record at Mackey Arena and remained in contention for the Big Ten title. Purdue avoided a letdown after Sunday's 20-point win at Michigan State.
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. 1 Ohio State 82, Penn State 61 -- Box Score
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Jon Diebler had career highs of 30 points and 10 3-pointers on 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 and never let up. Freshman center Jared Sullinger bullied his way through the lane for 10 points and 10 rebounds - though he wasn't needed much in the second half with Ohio State leading 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 against 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. 9 San Diego State 85, Wyoming 58 -- Box Score
LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Malcolm Thomas and Brian Carlwell both scored 15 points and No. 9 San Diego State beat Wyoming 85-58 on Tuesday night, rebounding 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.
Wyoming used a full-court press to take a 15-14 lead 9:35 into the first half on a basket by Desmar Jackson, who led the Cowboys with 16 points.
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 -- Box Score
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Chandler Parsons scored a season-high 19 points, Vernon Macklin also had 19 and No. 14 Florida used a second-half surge to roll Alabama 78-51 on Tuesday night.
The Gators clinched at least a share of the Southeastern Conference championship and can claim their fifth outright league title 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.
Alabama probably would like to avoid seeing the Gators again in the postseason.
Florida dominated every aspect of the second half, using a 10-0 run to build a double-digit lead and then pouring it on with 3-pointers and dunks.
No. 20 Kentucky 68, No. 21 Vanderbilt 66 -- Box Score
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Brandon Knight scored 17 points and No. 20 Kentucky finally found a way to win a close game, edging No. 21 Vanderbilt 68-66 on Tuesday night.
Terrence Jones added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats (21-8, 9-6 Southeastern Conference), who remained unbeaten at Rupp Arena under coach John Calipari.
Festus Ezeli led the Commodores (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, regained its composure behind Knight. The Wildcats hit 7 of 8 free throws in the final 1:36 to win their 34th consecutive home game.
Nebraska 69, No. 22 Missouri 58 -- Box Score
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Lance Jeter scored 16 points and Nebraska used a 17-2 second-half run to pull away from No. 22 Missouri for a 69-58 victory Tuesday night.
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. Laurence Bowers, averaging 17.3 points over his last three games, was held to eight.