The Iowa Hawkeyes needed a signature win going into Columbus, and boy did they get it. After being up just 2 at the half, the Hawkeyes extended their lead in the second half and won by 10. In a game that was closer than it really looked, the Hawkeyes used the last few minutes to really pull away.
The Hawkeyes were led by Roy Devyn Marble and Aaron White, who combined for 41 of the Hawkeyes’ 84 points. Aaron White shot 8 of 12 from the field, made his lone 3 pointer that he shot, and didn’t get to the free throw once until 39 minutes into the game.
While White did most his damage from the field, Marble was a bit of the opposite. He played a complete game shooting 7 of 13 from the field, 8 of 11 from the charity stripe, and filled the stat line out completely (22/4/3/3/2).
With just under 6 minutes left in the game, Ohio State was up 65-62. From that point on, Iowa outscored the Buckeyes 22-9. During that final stretch of the game, the big play that pushed Iowa to victory might have been when Roy Devyn Marble missed a long jumper. In one clean swoop, Melsahn Basabe grabbed the rebound and tipped it back in and the Hawkeyes never looked back.
Basabe ended the game with a double double (11/10) and helped the Hawkeyes out rebound the Buckeyes 40-31. Iowa’s ability to rebound combined with 7 less turnovers and an 80.8% free throw percentage was too much for the Buckeyes to overcome.
Iowa’s bench was led by Jarrod Uthoff who added 10 points and Josh Oglesby who added 8 points including a big 3 pointer to tie the game at 60 with 7 minutes left.
Ohio State wasted a 22/7/3 game from LaQuinton Ross who got no help from Aaron Craft who fouled out for the first time this season and first time since November 28th last season. Craft committed 6 turnovers while only adding 6 points and 6 assists.
Iowa picked a great time to play a complete game, beating their first top 5 ranked opponent since December 15th, 2001 when they beat #2 Missouri. The Hawkeyes next game is at home against Minnesota on Jan 19th while Ohio State also plays the Golden Gophers, but on the road this Thursday.