COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jarrod Uthoff and Aaron White each scored 18 points to lead Iowa past No. 20 Ohio State 71-65 Tuesday in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
The Hawkeyes (10-4, 1-0) never trailed after the opening minute, leading by as many as 12 points in the first half and holding on when Ohio State (11-3, 0-1) applied pressure at the end.
Sam Thompson had 17 points, D'Angelo Russell scored 13 despite heavy foul trouble and Marc Loving added 10 for the Buckeyes, who had won eight games in a row in the series before the Hawkeyes won at Value City Arena last year 84-74. Three weeks later, the Buckeyes won in Iowa City 76-69.
Iowa holds a 75-72 edge in head-to-head meetings.
The Hawkeyes served notice early that they were going to attack Ohio State's 2-3 zone. They hit their first five shots from the field, including both 3-pointers, and added 5 of 6 free throws in taking a 17-5 lead in the opening 4 minutes. White, an Ohio native cheered by a throng of family and friends, had seven points and Peter Jok five in the quick spurt.
The Buckeyes cut the deficit to three and trailed 31-26 after a Shannon Scott free throw at the 6:15 mark. But the Hawkeyes reeled off the next seven points — while Ohio State was 0 for 5 from the field — to stretch the lead out again. By half, they led 43-31, with Uthoff scoring 12 — nine of the points coming on 3s — and White 10 points.
The Buckeyes weathered the sleepy start, but after making 11 of their first 17 shots from the field, missed 7 of their last 8.
In the second half, Iowa kept crashing the hoop for backdoor dunks and working hard on the boards for second and third shots. The Hawkeyes led 50-42 with 13:10 remaining when Russell, Ohio State's top scorer at 17.7 points a game, picked up his fourth foul and headed for the bench.
After Russell returned, the Buckeyes cut the lead to three points on his 3 from the left wing with 3:25 left.
But Josh Oglesby drove to the heart of the lane and hit a pull-up jumper. After Russell missed another 3, Uthoff hit a 3 from the right corner and the lead was back to 68-60 with just over 2 minutes left.
The Buckeyes never got closer than five again, with Russell missing a 3 and Loving a follow with under 30 seconds remaining.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes aren't used to opening Big Ten play on the road. This was the first time they had to travel for their first conference game since the 2008-09 season.
Coincidentally, that trip was also to Ohio State, which hung a 68-65 loss on Iowa on Dec. 31, 2008.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes have the most home wins nationally since the 2009-10 season with a 99-9 record. They are 28-4 at Value City Arena since the start of last season.
But Iowa has won the last two trips to Columbus.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes return home for their next two games, hosting Nebraska on Jan. 5 and Michigan State on Jan. 8. They host Ohio State in a return engagement on Jan. 17 after a trip to Minnesota on Jan. 13.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes remain home for the holidays. They host Illinois on Saturday, giving them 13 of their first 15 games at home.
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