IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa has finally found some offense to
compliment its stingy defense.
Adam Haluska scored 18 points and the Hawkeyes had their second
straight game shooting better than 40 percent, beating No. 16 Ohio
State 67-62 Saturday night.
Greg Brunner also had 17 points for the Hawkeyes (16-5, 5-2 Big
Ten), who held the Buckeyes without a field goal in the final six
minutes. The victory was the second straight over a Top 25 foe this
week and lifted Iowa into a four-way tie atop the Big Ten.
"I think we're starting to get a little more confident," said
Brunner, who scored 17 points in Iowa's 73-60 victory over
Indiana (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today; No. 13 AP) in Iowa City on Tuesday.
"I don't understand why we weren't playing this way at the
beginning of the year. We're starting to come around a little bit.
Hopefully it can continue."
The win, coupled with Wisconsin's loss earlier Saturday at
Michigan, gives Iowa a share of the Big Ten lead with the Badgers,
Illinois and the Wolverines.
Ohio State (14-3, 4-3) suffered its first defeat since losing at
Michigan State nearly two weeks ago.
Ron Lewis led the Buckeyes with 19 points, including 4-of-8 from
Terrence Dials had 16 points, but was held to just two in the
second half as the Buckeyes became the latest victim of the
Iowa came into the game allowing opponents to shoot just 37
percent, fourth best in the country. The Buckeyes hit 9-of-24 from
3-point range but were held to 35 percent shooting overall,
including 27 percent in the second half.
"They [Iowa] did a great job," Ohio State coach Thad Matta
said. "I wouldn't take back some of the looks we had. I thought we
executed what we wanted to do. It's just no secret that we didn't
shoot the ball, especially on the road against a veteran team like
The Hawkeyes led for most of the first half, but the second half
was tight, with five lead changes and four ties. They shot 42
percent from the field.
The Buckeyes grabbed their first lead since the opening minute
when Lewis hit a wide-open 3-pointer at the 13:15 mark. Je'Kel
Foster stole a pass on the following possession and scored on a
lay-up to put the Buckeyes up 51-47.
Lewis struck again with 6:34 remaining, hitting another 3 to put
Ohio State back in front 61-58. But Iowa's defense stiffened down
the stretch, allowing just one point after Lewis' basket.
"It's another one of those games where we're there, but we just
have got to find a way to get over the hump, and win the damn
game," Matta said.
The Hawkeyes also struggled offensively in the final minutes.
Greg Brunner's short jumper with 6:02 to go was Iowa's last field
Haluska scored just two points in the second half, but he made
them count. With 25 seconds remaining, he sank a pair of free
throws to put Iowa up 65-62.
After an errant Ohio State pass rolled out of bounds, Jeff
Horner was fouled and sank both free throws with 16 seconds left,
clinching the Hawkeyes' 13th straight victory at Carver Hawkeye
Arena this season.
"In this arena, we're doing phenomenal," said Doug Thomas, who
came off the bench to score 10 and helped keep Dials in check in
the second half. "We're going on the road now, and we've got to be
able to pull off some road wins."