COLUMBUS, Ohio-No. 4 Ohio State (18-7, 12-7) struggled early, battled back but could not overcome No. 9 Iowa (18-7, 12-6) in a 73-57 loss to the Hawkeyes Sunday at Value City Arena.
The Buckeyes jumped out of the second-half gates with a 14-2 run to cut a 42-28 lead for Iowa at the half to 44-42 in favor of the Hawkeyes with 16:49 on the clock.
Iowa then built the lead back to 10 at 61-51 (8:38) and the Buckeyes were not able to get it into single digits the rest of the way.https://video.wmt.media/embed/3d4a4a87-220b-45ca-b62a-256fbfb5fac2
The Buckeyes struggled offensively in the first half going 12-of-31 from the field and 2-of-10 from long range. Iowa scored on 16-of-31 field goal attempts and made 5-of-14 from 3-point range to head to the break leading 42-28.
Liddell kept the Buckeyes within striking distance with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting in the opening half.
Ohio State faces No. 5 Illinois at 4 p.m. Saturday in the regular-season final for the Buckeyes. ESPN will televise.
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