What has been a rough week for the Ohio State Buckeyes got a lot harsh on Sunday afternoon as Thad Matta’s thrid-ranked squad dropped their second straight game, this time at home to the Iowa Hawkeyes, 84-74.
After the heartbreaking loss to the Spartans this past week in which they fought from 17 points down to force overtime, the Buckeyes couldn’t really get anything going against this gritty Iowa team, especially in the second half.
After going into the locker room down just two at the half, Ohio State was outscored 47-39 in the second half as they now try to pick up the pieces after not only having their dream of an unbeaten season stopped, but crushed even further on Sunday.
Iowa got a tremendous performance in this one from guard Roy Devyn Marble who scored 22 points on the afternoon in the win and added in four rebounds and three assists.
Hawkeyes forward Melsahn Basabe finished the game with a double-double, contributing 11 points and 10 rebounds.
With the win, Iowa improves to 14-3 on the season and 2-1 in the Big Ten Conference.
Ohio State, with their second straight loss, drops to 15-2 and 2-2 in conference play.