Feb. 28, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Marc Loving scored 25 points, including both ends of a 1-and-1 with less than 2 seconds to go, and Ohio State rallied from a late deficit to stun No. 8 Iowa 68-64 on Sunday.
After Bates-Diop preserved a two-point lead for Ohio State (19-11, 11-6 Big Ten) by blocking Mike Gesell’s layup with under 5 seconds to go, Loving made the free throws to ice the game.
Williams gave the Buckeyes a 63-62 lead with a jumper with 2:04 left after Iowa led for most of the second half. He added a 3-pointer a little over a minute later to stretch Ohio State’s lead to four.
Gesell and Jarrod Uthoff led Iowa (20-8, 11-5) with 16 points apiece while Peter Jok had 12.
Iowa led by as many as six points in the second half.
The Hawkeyes had a 62-56 lead after Gesell’s layup with 4:07 to go, but Williams started Ohio State’s comeback with a jumper on the next possession.
The Buckeyes won for the fifth time in their last six games and kept slim NCAA Tournament hopes alive by picking up their second win of the season over a Top 10 team. They beat then-No. 4 Kentucky in December but had no other wins over ranked opponents.
Iowa lost its third straight game and fell to 5-5 on the road this season.
The Hawkeyes have not won since beating Minnesota 75-71 on Valentine’s Day.
Loving was 4 of 6 from 3-point range while Bates-Diop was 8 for 11 from the field and grabbed six rebounds.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes had won in their last two trips to Columbus.
Ohio State: Before their home finale, the Buckeyes honored five senior students who have been part of the program in recent years, but none are active players.
Iowa host No. 18 Indiana on Tuesday.
Ohio State plays at No. 6 Michigan State on Saturday.