January 12, 1999

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Dean Oliver scored five points in the last 23 seconds and No. 12 Iowa came back to beat No. 21 Ohio State 71-68 Tuesday night, stretching its winning streak to 11.

Kent McCausland, who matched Oliver with 15 points, hit two long 3-pointer down the stretch as the Hawkeyes took sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.

Iowa (13-1, 4-0 Big Ten), which trailed by nine points early in the second half, pulled even at 55 on a 3-pointer by J.R. Koch with 9:42 left.

Ohio State (13-4, 3-1 Big Ten) scored the next six points, capped by Michael Redd’s dunk off a flashy assist from Scoonie Penn.

The Buckeyes, playing their first game since climbing into the rankings for the first time in six years, led 63-60 after Redd’s rebound follow with 3:49 left.

But then McCausland hit back-to-back 3-pointers around a Redd layup to put the Hawkeyes on top for the first time in the half.

Penn answered with a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 57 seconds left give the Buckeyes a 68-66 lead.

Iowa cautiously moved the ball around the perimeter before Oliver faked Penn and tossed up a shot while trying to draw the foul. The foul wasn’t called as the two bumped, but the 3-pointer went in with 23 seconds left to give the Hawkeyes a 69-68 lead.

Ohio State twice lost the ball on turnovers in the final 15 seconds, once when Iowa’s Joey Range slapped the ball out of bounds off Boban Savovic’s leg and the other when Savovic’s pass to Jason Singleton ended up in a tieup with 5.8 seconds left.

Oliver hit a pair of foul shots with 4.6 seconds left. Penn then dribbled the length of the court to put up a potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer that bounced off the front of the rim.

J.R. Koch added 10 points for Iowa, which shot 53 percent from the field.

Penn carried Ohio State for most of the night, scoring 21 points to go with eight assists and five rebounds. Singleton added 13 points and Redd – who came in averaging 19.8 points a game – made his final four shots to finish 6-of-16 from the field for 12 points.

The loss was Ohio State’s first after nine wins in its new Value City Arena. The Buckeyes were seeking their third consecutive win against a ranked opponent, a feat they had accomplished only twice before.