Nov. 30, 2010
|Players of the Game|
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Jon Diebler scored 12 points and Jared Sullinger notched his third double-double of the season Tuesday night to lead No. 2 Ohio State to a 58-44 victory over Florida State in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge game.
Sullinger, a 6-foot-9 freshman from Columbus, Ohio, finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds while David Lightly added 10 points for the Buckeyes (6-0).
Ohio State jumped to a 7-0 lead and never trailed, building its biggest lead at 40-23 on William Buford’s jumper with 15:45 left in the game.
Florida State (5-2) closed within 49-42 on Deividas Dulky’s only 3-pointer with 4:30 left.
Freshman Ian Miller led Florida State with 11 points and Derwin Kitchen added 10 for the Seminoles, who shot 35.4 percent and committed 22 turnovers, including 14 in the second half. Florida State shot 33 percent in a 55-51 loss to Florida on Sunday.
Both teams shot poorly in the early going, but Ohio State’s domination of the backboards allowed the Buckeyes to keep a comfortable lead on their way to a 28-17 halftime lead.
Florida State shot just 26.1 percent in the first half while Ohio State was slightly better at 36.7 percent but enjoyed a 25-14 rebound advantage.
Chris Singleton, Florida State’s leading scorer, had a second straight cold-shooting game, making just 2 of 9 from the field on the heels of a 2-for-12 showing in Sunday’s loss.
Ohio State is 6-0 against Florida State, including consecutive victories in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Buckeyes won 77-64 in last year’s game at Columbus.
After winning its first five games against weaker opponents, Florida State struggled against the Buckeyes as it had Sunday against 18th-ranked Gators.
During a first-half timeout, Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher was presented the trophy for winning the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The 20th-ranked Seminoles (9-3) play No. 12 Virginia Tech (10-2) on Saturday in Charlotte, N.C. for the ACC title with the winner advancing to the Orange Bowl.