Jan. 12, 2014
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By JAMES ALLAN
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 20/23 University of Iowa men’s basketball team finally got the signature road victory it has been searching for.
The Hawkeyes rallied from a nine-point second half deficit and scored 22-of-the-final-31 points to down No. 3/3 Ohio State, 84-74, on Sunday afternoon inside Value City Arena. The win snaps an eight-game losing streak to the Buckeyes and is Iowa’s first victory over a top-five team since Dec. 15, 2001, at No. 2 Missouri.
“We shared the ball, hit a couple of 3s in timely situations, answered their runs and made our run at the right time,” said UI head coach Fran McCaffery. “To go on the road and beat a team of this caliber with the job that Thad (Matta) has done at Ohio State is great for our program.”
Senior Roy Devyn Marble led a group of five Hawkeyes in double figures, finishing with 22 points — his fifth 20-point game this season — on 7-of-13 shooting and an 8-of-11 performance from the free throw stripe. The guard also grabbed four rebounds and had three assists and three steals.
Junior Aaron White netted 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting to go along with six rebounds, senior Melsahn Basabe posted his second-straight double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, sophomore Mike Gesell scored 11 points and had five rebounds and sophomore Jarrod Uthoff added 10 points.
Iowa shot 47.5 percent (29-of-61) from the floor and made 5-of-17 3-point field goals, including three-straight during the second half. The Hawkeyes made 21-of-26 free throws, out-rebounded Ohio State, 40-31, and forced the Buckeyes into committing 17 turnovers, which led to 27 points.
“It was a battle of defenses,” said Marble. “We scored a lot of points. They don’t usually give up 84. That goes to show the character of our team to play our style of play, listen to our coaches and follow the game plan.”
Ohio State shot 44.6 percent (25-of-56) from the field, 7-of-21 from long range and 17-of-24 from the free throw stripe. Three Buckeyes finished in double digits with LaQuinton Ross leading the way with 22 points on 7-of-16 shooting.
After trailing 37-35 at the break, an Aaron Craft 3-pointer on the first possession of the second half gave Ohio State a 38-37 lead. Back-to-back layups from Marble and White put Iowa back on top 41-38, but the Hawkeyes then endured a field goal drought of more than six minutes, which saw the Buckeyes build a 53-44 lead with 12:51 to play.
A pair of Marble free throws cut the deficit to 53-46 before Iowa got hot from 3-point range to climb its way back. After starting the game 1-of-9, the Hawkeyes got back-to-back triples from Gesell and White to make the score 53-52. After an Amir Williams dunk pushed the lead to 55-52, Uthoff drained Iowa’s third-straight long ball to even the tally at 55 with 10:26 remaining.
“The zone was working for us,” said Marble. “We were able to force turnovers and I was able to get into the passing lanes a couple of times. We were able to pressure them like they wanted to pressure us. We wanted to come out and be the tougher team today, and I think we did that.”
After trading five-point runs to make the score 60 all with 7:32 left, Ohio State used a pair of Williams free throws and another from Trey McDonald to grab a 65-62 lead with 5:54 to play. Iowa cut it to one behind Uthoff and Marble free throws before Uthoff drove the baseline for a layup to give the Hawkeyes a 65-64 lead with 4:55 remaining.
Marble followed with a steal and found White for a fast-break dunk to push the lead to 70-65, but Williams kept the Buckeyes alive with a three-point play that trimmed the Iowa lead to 70-68 with 3:21 left. Basabe came up with a big tip-in off a Marble miss on the following possession to put Iowa back up four (72-68), and White followed with a jumper to push the lead to a half dozen.
After Craft made 1-of-2 free throws to cut the lead to 74-69 with 1:26 left, Iowa put the game away at the charity stripe, making 10-of-12 free throws down the stretch to open up a 13 point lead (84-71).
The first half was a back-and-forth affair with five ties and 12 lead changes. The Hawkeyes pounded the ball inside early, scoring their first 16 points in the paint before junior Josh Oglesby’s 3-pointer gave Iowa a 19-15 advantage with 11:41 remaining in the first half.
The Buckeyes followed with an 8-0 spurt to take a 23-19 lead at the 8:36 mark. The Hawkeyes regained the lead by scoring 8-of-9 points, including a steal and fast-break layup by Marble to give Iowa a 27-24 lead 5:42 left.
Back-to-back Sam Thompson dunks put Ohio State back on top 32-31 and a Ross free throw put the Buckeyes up 33-31. Iowa tied the game at 33 when Marble connected with White on an alley-oop dunk and the Hawkeyes led 37-35 at the break.
Iowa shot 47.2 percent (17-of-36) from the field and scored 30-of-its-37 points in the paint. Ohio State shot 44.8 percent (13-of-29) and made 7-of-10 free throws. The Hawkeyes were 2-of-2.
The Hawkeyes (14-3, 3-1) return to action Jan. 19, facing Minnesota at noon (CT) on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.