Hawkeyes Stun Buckeyes 84-74

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Roy Devin Marble scored 22 points and Aaron White added 19 as No. 20 Iowa ended the game on a 22-9 run to hand No. 3 Ohio State its second loss of the week, 84-74, Sunday afternoon in Columbus.

Melsahn Besabe had 11 points and 10 rebounds, Mike Gesell added 11 points and Jarrod Uthoff had 10 off the bench for the Hawkeyes (14-3, 3-1 Big Ten), who ended a string of eight straight losses to the Buckeyes dating back to a 53-48 win in Iowa City on February 2, 2008. The Hawkeyes had not won in Columbus since 2004, losing on their last seven trips.

LaQuinton Ross scored 22 points, Amir Williams had 11 and Lenzelle Smith Jr. 10 for Ohio State (15-2, 2-2), which had opened the season with 15 consecutive wins. The Buckeyes fell 72-68 in overtime at No. 5 Michigan State on Tuesday night.

It was Iowa's first win over a top five team since an 83-65 victory at No. 2 Missouri on December 15, 2001.

Iowa was 0-2 on opponents' home courts coming in. Their three losses have come against teams with a combined 45-2 record (Villanova, Iowa State and Wisconsin) with each loss coming by five or fewer points.

Down 65-62 with less than six minutes left, the Hawkeyes put together a run. A free throw by Uthoff and another by Marble cut the lead to a point before Uthoff scored consecutive baskets, both on lay-ups. The first, at the 4:55 mark, put the Hawkeyes up 66-65.

Ohio State suddenly couldn't do much right. The Buckeyes gave up repeated shots when the Hawkeyes snagged offensive rebounds and at the other end they had difficulty even hanging on to the ball. Marble stole the ball from Ross before Uthoff's second lay-up and then Ross was called for a travel under pressure. Marble was fouled in the back court and hit both shots for a 70-65 Iowa lead with 3:30 minutes remaining.

The Hawkeyes led by four when White, an Ohio native, had the ball tipped away, recovered it beyond mid-court and then drove to hit a 12-foot fallaway as the shot clock was running down with 2:06 left. That made it 74-68 and Ohio State never made a serious threat again.

Iowa out-rebounded the Buckeyes 40-31 and made just 10 turnovers.

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