Comeback effort falls short for Iowa at OSU

COLUMBUS, Ohio —Iowa trailed by 24 points midway through the second half and rallied to cut its deficit for four points with 1:30 left before faltering late in a 72-63 loss at Ohio State on Tuesday.

Aaron White led Iowa with 13 points.

Here's the first-half recap:

The statistics alone make the halftime score predictable.

Iowa is shooting 25 percent, while No. 15 Ohio State has knocked down 53.1 percent of its shots. The Buckeyes lead 34-22 at the half in the teams' only scheduled meeting this year.

Iowa (13-5, 2-3 Big Ten) matched Ohio State (13-4, 3-2 Big Ten) for much of the first half, and a Gabe Olaseni dunk with 3:25 left brought the Hawkeyes within 25-20. But Iowa consistently missed shots, and the Buckeyes warmed up. Big Ten scoring leader Deshaun Thomas drilled a 3-pointer with 1:08 left in the first half to boost OSU's lead to 28-20.

After Iowa's Melsahn Basabe answered with a bucket, Sam Thompson responded with a layup with 28 seconds left to push OSU's lead back to eight points.

Instead of slowing down the pace on the final possession, Iowa's Aaron White attacked the rim and was blocked by Thomas. With 5.1 seconds left, Ohio State center Evan Ravenel drove to the rim, made the basket and was fouled by Iowa's Devyn Marble. Ravenel missed the free throw, but Lenzelle Smith Jr. quickly rebounded and put it back up with 1 second left to provide the halftime margin.

The late run negated a solid first half for Iowa for everything but shooting the ball. Iowa out-rebounded Ohio State 23-15 and grabbed 10 offensive rebounds.

Thomas, who averages 20.8 points a game, was held to five. Basabe grabbed seven rebounds for Iowa.

The all-time series is tied 75-75 and Ohio State has won a series record seven straight.

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