Hawks keep it close, lose to Buckeyes, 73-68

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Ohio State hadn’t won a game by fewer than 11 points this season. That was until they faced Iowa tonight.

The No. 2 Buckeyes (15-0, 2-0) prevailed, but Iowa managed to keep the game close, losing 73-68 inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena Tuesday night.

Freshman Jared Sullinger continued to impress, leading the Buckeyes with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Jon Diebler and David Lighty added 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Iowa (7-7, 0-2) held the lead at halftime, 35-29, but Ohio State outscored the Hawkeyes in the second half, taking advantage of a 16-0 second half run to keep their undefeated season intact.

Melsahn Basabe led the Hawkeyes with 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Jarryd Cole and Matt Gatens scored 14 points each. Bryce Cartwright added 10 points and eight assists.

After two Big Ten contests, Fran McCaffery is still searching for his first Big Ten victory as Iowa head coach.

But it doesn’t get any easier for the McCaffery and Hawkeyes, as Iowa faces No. 10 Purdue in its next Big Ten game on Jan. 9.