February 26, 2019

Buckeyes Run by No. 22 Iowa, 90-70


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Justin Ahrens led five Buckeyes in double figures with a career-best 29 points as the Ohio State men’s basketball team ran past No. 22 Iowa, 90-70, Tuesday night at Value City Arena. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 18-10 overall and 8-9 in the Big Ten while the Hawkeyes drop to 21-7, 10-7 in conference play.

Kaleb Wesson went for his fourth-career double-double with 18 points and 11 boards while Keyshawn Woods scored 13, Andre Wesson added 11 and Duane Washington Jr. chipped in with 10 for the Buckeyes. Joe Wieskamp scored 17 to lead the Hawkeyes while Tyler Cook added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

In a back-and-forth first half, Iowa scored the first seven points but Ohio State answered by scoring the next nine, including five by Kaleb Wesson, to take a two-point lead with 14:10 remaining in the half. After the Buckeyes pushed their lead to 22-16 on a Washington Jr. 3-pointer with 7:40 left to play, the Hawkeyes responded with a 15-3 spurt over the next 3:53 to claim a 31-25 lead with 3:47 left. However, Ohio State closed the half with an 11-2 run, capped by a C.J. Jackson 3-pointer with 40 seconds remaining, to take a 36-33 lead into the break.

Washington Jr. paced Ohio State with 10 points over the first 20 minutes while Ryan Kriener led Iowa with eight.

A layup by Jordan Bohannon made it a 40-37 Buckeye lead almost two minutes into the second half but Ohio State connected on its next six field goals, including four 3-pointers, to go on a 16-7 spurt to push its lead to 56-44 with 13:55 left to play. Ohio State extended its lead to 74-56 at the 8:41 mark as Ahrens scored nine-straight points for the Buckeyes. Iowa would get no closer than 11 the rest of the way as the Buckeyes, who connected on 15-of-26 (57.7 percent) shots from the field and 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) 3-point attempts in the second half, cruised to the victory.

Ohio State travels to No. 14 Purdue for a 2 p.m. Saturday matchup at Mackey Arena.