Ohio State 70

(7-0, 2-0 away)

Iowa State 67

(6-3, 5-3 home)

    8:00 PM ET, December 17, 2005

    Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa

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    OSU 32 3870
    ISU 39 2867

    Top Performers

    Ohio State: J. Foster 28 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    Iowa State: R. Clark 11 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Ohio State 70, Iowa State 67

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- With off-the-court issues swirling around the program and a grueling stretch of games that left the team exhausted, Ohio State's best start in 15 years has not been an easy one.

    But second-year coach Thad Matta believes that adversity has brought out the best in the Buckeyes.

    Je'Kel Foster scored 28 points and Ohio State went on an 18-7 run down the stretch to beat Iowa State 70-67 on Saturday night, giving the Buckeyes seven straight wins to open the season for the first time since 1990-91.

    The victory capped a stretch of four games in eight days -- and three different cities -- all played as the media's attention has been focused on the ongoing lawsuit filed by former coach Jim O'Brien against the university claiming he was improperly dismissed in June 2004.

    "I want these guys to enjoy this because they've been through a lot. Every day they just come in and go to work," Matta said. "All coaches talk about toughness and adversity. The way it all played out helps drive home the point of what we're trying to do here."

    Down 60-52 with 6:39 left, Ohio State (7-0) rallied and retook the lead, 63-62, with 1:35 left on a layup by Ron Lewis. Foster made two free throws to put the Buckeyes ahead 65-64, and Will Blalock missed a runner on Iowa State's ensuing possession. Jamar Butler's free throws pushed the lead to 67-64, and Anthony Davis sealed the Cyclones' fate by airballing a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left.

    Iowa State's Curtis Stinson hit a 30-footer as time expired.

    "We weren't moving fast enough, like we normally move. We didn't put a lot of pressure on the ball like we normally do," Iowa State forward Rahshon Clark said.

    Ohio State hasn't been unbeaten after seven games since that 1990-91 team, led by Jim Jackson, started 17-0 and reached as high as No. 2 in the rankings.

    "I remember that whole team. I could tell you the starting five, the first person off the bench. That was a real good team," Ohio State's J.J. Sullinger said. "We really don't want to compare ourselves to them yet, but we are excited about being 7-0."

    Ohio State led by three following a 16-6 run to open the second half. But the Cyclones responded with a 10-0 run and went back on top 55-48. That run was highlighted by an alley-oop dunk from Clark, who caught the pass at his chest, switched hands in mid air and dunked with one hand.

    The Cyclones finished the first half on an 8-2 run to take a 39-32 lead. Iowa State shot 61 percent in the first half and freshman Shawn Taggart, who scored just two points in Iowa State's last two games, led the charge with 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the field.

    "This game had a lot more positives than negatives. The only negative is the final score," Iowa State coach Wayne Morgan said.

    Foster went 4-for-5 from 3-point range in the first half to lead the Buckeyes, who missed a number of easy baskets in the opening 20 minutes but went 6-for-12 from beyond the arc.

    Curtis Stinson led Iowa State with 17 points, and Taggart added 13. Lewis scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Ohio State.

    The Buckeyes are 4-0 all-time against Iowa State.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 70 67
    FG Made-Attempted 22-54 (.407) 29-60 (.483)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-22 (.455) 2-13 (.154)
    FT Made-Attempted 16-20 (.800) 7-13 (.538)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 8

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