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Buckeyes use second-half comeback to escape Iowa, 73-68

Jared Sullinger leads team to win (courtesy of OSU athletics)

The Ohio State men’s basketball team survived a scare in Iowa City. But like most ranked teams, they know how to win and no deficit is to big to overcome.

The second-ranked basketball team kicked their defense into high-octane gear which keyed a 16-0 run in the second half last night and held on for a 73-68 win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

This is the first time in the history of the Ohio State program that the Buckeyes (15-0, 2-0 Big Ten) had won back-to-back road games to start the Big Ten season.

It was their ninth consecutive road win overall and eighth in a row in the Big Ten, dating to last season.

Carver-Hawkeye Arena (courtesy of Iowa athletics)

Jared Sullinger led the Buckeyes with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Jon Diebler scored 14 points and David Lighty with 12.

Iowa, now 7-7 overall (0-2) playing without second leading scorer Eric May, who has been out of the lineup because of a groin injury, were led by freshman Melsahn Basabe with 22 points and 13 rebounds.

The Buckeyes trailed most of the first half against a hungry Hawkeyes team; the halftime score was 35-29. In the second half, Ohio State went inside to Sullinger who started to take over and they took their first lead of the game, 38-36 with 17:38 to play.

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