No. 25 Iowa earned its third straight win with an impressive second half, knocking off No. 17 Ohio State 72-62 Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes (14-3, 3-3) outscored the Buckeyes (12-4, 2-3) 48-36 in the final 20 minutes to get to .500 in Big Ten play.
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MVP: Luka Garza, who's been dealing with an ankle injury, was back in the starting lineup and played an efficient 26 minutes. The Iowa big man scored 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting and pulled down four rebounds. He could be even bigger for the Hawkeyes going forward. Tyler Cook, who missed Wednesday's win at Northwestern with a sore knee, left with an apparent ankle injury with 4:07 to go. He started this one and had 15 points and eight rebounds.
Turning point: After shooting 35.7 percent in the first half and trailing 26-24, Iowa needed a spark. Garza provided it with a personal 7-0 run in 89 seconds. He turned and hit a jumper in the post, got free for a layup on an in-bounds play and buried a 3-pointer to put the Hawkeyes up 35-30. Cook followed with a dunk after the first media timeout and Iowa never trailed again. The Hawkeyes hit 10 of their first 14 shots after the break.
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Key stat: 20. The Buckeyes turned it over a season-high 20 times. Iowa converted those giveaways into 18 points. Kaleb Wesson was responsible for five of those turnovers, and Ohio State's leading scorer (17.1 ppg) was limited to just two points. The Hawkeyes were also sloppy at times, with nine turnovers in the first half, but lowered that number to five in the second half.
Noteworthy: With two free throws with 1:18 left, Iowa's Jordan Bohannon reached 1,000 points for his career. He joined older brothers Jason (Wisconsin) and Matt (Northern Iowa) as 1,000-point career scorers. Bohannon was just 1 of 7 from the field and finished with six points, but also dished eight assists.
Points: Luka Garza, Iowa (16); Andre Wesson, Ohio State (13)
Rebounds: Tyler Cook, Iowa (8); Kaleb Wesson, Ohio State (6)
Assists: Jordan Bohannon, Iowa (8); Andre Wesson, Ohio State (4)
Steals: Jordan Bohannon, Joe Wieskamp, Tyler Cook, Iowa (2); Musa Jallow, Ohio State (3)
Blocks: Joe Wieskamp, Tyler Cook, Iowa (2); Andre Wesson, Ohio State (1)
3-Pointers: C.J. Jackson, Ohio State (3-4)
Up next: Iowa visits Penn State at 6 p.m. Wednesday (BTN). The Nittany Lions (7-9, 0-5) are still looking for their first Big Ten win and host No. 5 Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. Sunday (CBS).