Iowa beats Ohio State to win Big Ten title
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Jeff Horner had 16 points and 10 assists
to help No. 20 Iowa come from behind to upend No. 7 Ohio State, 67-60, in the
Big Ten Tournament final at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Adam Haluska donated 15 points and eight rebounds while Erek Hansen and Greg
Brunner chipped in 10 points apiece for Iowa (25-8), which won just its second
Big 10 Tournament title in school history. The last championship came back in
Jamar Butler netted 19 points and dished out six assists for the Buckeyes
(25-5), who had a seven-game win streak snapped. J.J. Sullinger added 15
points and seven boards in the loss.
Ohio State led by three at halftime and stretched its advantage to 57-52 after
a Ron Lewis free throw with 7:29 remaining in the game. The Hawkeyes, though,
erupted for a 12-0 spurt to claim control. Horner got things started with a
triple, and Hansen followed with a tip-in bucket that knotted the game at
Alex Thompson entered the game moments later and made an immediate impact. He
assisted on Horner’s basket that put Iowa up by two, gathered a rebound at the
other end and then buried a three to make it 62-57. Horner’s jumper with 2:02
left capped the charge to give the Hawkeyes a seven-point lead.
Terence Dials countered with a three-point play to move Ohio State within four
but Matt Sylvester’s three-point attempt on the next trip down was off the
mark, and the Hawkeyes gathered the rebound and began their march to the
stripe. Iowa hit enough free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
Ohio State, behind 10 points from Sullinger, claimed a 37-34 halftime edge.
Je’Kel Foster nailed consecutive three-pointers midway through the opening
frame to extend the Buckeyes’ lead to 22-15. The advantage was pushed to nine
following a Butler jumper with 4:15 to play, but Iowa finished the half on a
9-3 charge to trim the deficit to three.
The Buckeyes have won 10 of their 18 Big Ten tourney bouts and also have one
championship to their credit, that coming in 2002 when they defeated these
very same Hawkeyes, 81-64…The Hawkeyes are 13-7 all-time in the Big Ten
Tournament…Iowa leads the all-time series, 73-66…Dials finished with 10
points…Ohio State shot 50 percent in the first half, but just 30 percent in