COLUMBUS, Ohio – The University of Iowa men’s basketball team fell, 93-77, at Ohio State on Saturday afternoon at Value City Arena. The Buckeyes snapped a four-game Iowa win streak, as the Hawkeyes move to 12-7 on the season and 4-4 in Big Ten play.
Iowa trailed by two points heading into halftime and tied the game, 37-37, with a jumper from junior Ahron Ulis to open the second half. Ohio State responded with a 12-2 run and would retain the lead the rest of the way.
Junior Kris Murray led the Hawkeyes with 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists against the Buckeyes. Murray connected on four 3-pointers in nine tries and finished 9-of-19 (47 percent) from the floor.
Fifth-year Filip Rebraca and Ulis also scored double figures, with 15 and 12 points, respectively. Ulis shot 4-of-9 (.444) including one triple, and added two steals, two assists, two rebounds and 3-of-3 shooting from the charity stripe to his stat line.
Freshman Josh Dix was 2-of-3 from behind the arc to finish with six points through 14 minutes. Iowa finished 11-of-24 (46 percent) from 3-point range against Ohio State.
The Hawkeyes were an efficient 86 percent (12-of-14) from the free throw line and shot 45 percent (27-of-60) from the floor. Iowa lost the rebounding battle, 36-29, and gave up a 50-32 deficit in points in the paint.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH FRAN MCCAFFERY
“Just not a good performance by our team today. We have to be better, and we will be better in the next one.”
- Ohio State snapped Iowa’s four-game win streak and beat the Hawkeyes in Value City Arena for the first time since 2019.
- All-America candidate Kris Murray led the Hawkeyes with 22 points and seven rebounds, reaching 20+ points a team-best eighth time this season and 10th time in his career.
- Senior Filip Rebraca totaled 15 points, reaching double figures for the 12th time in 13 games. He has scored 15 or more points in six of the last nine games.
- Junior Ahron Ulis scored 12 points, his second highest point total of the season (15 versus TCU) and equaled a season high with two steals. Ulis has made a 3-pointer in a career-best four straight contests.
- Iowa made 11 3-pointers (11-of-24), sinking 10 or more triples for the seventh time this season and third time in four outings. lost its first game of the season when making at least nine 3-pointers (7-1).
- Juniors Patrick McCaffery and Josh Ogundele did not play in today’s game for Iowa.
- Iowa and Ohio State will meet again on Feb. 16, in Iowa City.
Iowa (12-7, 4-4) will next play at Michigan State on Thursday, Jan. 26. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:01 p.m. (CT) at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan.