The Ohio State men’s basketball did something Thursday that it hadn’t done in 121 previous seasons: it won for the fourth consecutive time on the road against a Top-15 team.
The seventh-ranked Buckeyes used hot 3-point shooting and a key run midway through the second half to defeat No. 8 Iowa, 89-85, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. The Buckeyes improve to 15-4 overall and 9-4 in the Big Ten while Iowa is now 13-5, 7-4.
Ohio State made 14 3-point field goals and turned a 61-50 deficit midway through the second half into a 67-66 lead at the 10:12 mark thanks to a 17-5 run. The Buckeyes took the lead for good on a Kyle Young dunk with 8:10 remaining for a 71-70 lead and iced the game when Justin Ahrens made three 3-pointers in the final four minutes of the game.
The box score showed another balanced scoring effort as four players finished in double figures, led by the trio of Duane Washington Jr., Young and E.J. Liddell, who all finished with 16 points. Ahrens’ three 3s gave him nine points on the night while CJ Walker added nine assists in his 25 minutes of action. Justice Sueing had a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.
On the defensive end, the Buckeyes held Luka Garza, the nation’s leading scorer and favorite to win the Wooden Award as the national player of the year, to 16 points – 10 below his average.
Ohio State’s four-consecutive road win over top 15-ranked teams includes a stretch of games vs. No. 15 Rutgers, No. 14 Illinois, No. 10 Wisconsin and No. 8 Iowa. The Buckeyes have won seven of their last eight games overall and four in a row.
The first half saw 13 lead changes with the Hawkeyes hitting a late 3 to head to the locker room with a 45-42 lead. Sueing led the Buckeyes with 10 points. He also added four rebounds. Freshman Zed Key came off the bench to lead Ohio State with five boards to go with six points on 3-of-3 shooting.