Four days after hanging tough with Top 5 Michigan State, Iowa looked lost like it had far too often this season Saturday night in Columbus. No. 14 Ohio State completed a regular-season sweep with a 82-64 victory in a game that got out of hand early in the second half.
The Buckeyes emptied their bench early. They scored just two points in the final five minutes of the game.
The Hawkeyes (12-15 overall, 3-11 Big Ten) reverted to turning the ball over, playing poor defense and coming apart as a team. Ohio State (13-1, 22-5) pounced on its opportunities.
Trailing by eight points a minute into the second half, Iowa fell apart. The Buckeyes built a 56-36 advantage less than four minutes later.
Poor Hawkeyes defense, which has cost them all season, returned during the deciding stretch. It looked respectable for most of the first half.
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Freshman forward Jack Nunge turned out to be a bright spot for the Hawkeyes. The Indiana product came of the bench to score a team-high and career-best 18 points. He also grabbed three rebounds.
Iowa’s leading scorer, Tyler Cook, was saddled with foul trouble in the first half and struggled to get into the flow. He netted just eight points, less than half his average in Big Ten play. He also turned the ball over four times.
Jordan Bohannon (11) was the only other Hawkeye to score in double figures. He handed out five assists with two turnovers.
Iowa didn’t get the production from its back court that it did in the 96-93 loss to Michigan State. Isaiah Moss and Maishe Dailey, which supported Bohannon’s 17 points, combined for 24 points on 8 of 15 field goal shooting in that contest. They totaled eight points on 2 of 12 shooting Saturday.
The Hawkeyes shot 25 from 59 from the floor (42.4 percent) from the floor Saturday, including just 6 of 20 (30 percent) from behind the three-point arc.
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Ohio State sank 29 of 55 (52.7) on field goals and 9 of 22 (40.9) on treys. It also enjoyed a 33-29 advantage in rebounds.
Iowa turned the ball over 12 times but most of them were costly. It allowed 18 points off of the turnovers.