Lack of energy, offense not crisp, defense couldn’t stop Luka Garza in #4 Ohio State’s loss to #9 Iowa, 73-59

Justice Suening scored 12 points for the Buckeyes

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

Ohio State was led by sophomore E.J. Liddell’s 15 points. Junior Justice Sueing added 12 ahead of 10 from senior CJ Walker.

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.

Luka Garza took control of the game with 24 points, 11 rebounds and was unstoppable at times

POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE WITH OHIO STATE COACH CHRIS HOLTMANN

67,495 Chris Holtmann OSU BKB Iowa 73 OSU 57 Overall Iowa was better today 2 28 2021.mp3
67,496 Chris Holtmann OSU BKB Iowa 73 OSU 57 Luka Garza took over this game 2 28 2021.mp3
67,497 Chris Holtmann OSU BKB Iowa 73 OSU 57 Getting top players to produce again is key 2 28 2021.mp3
67,497 Chris Holtmann OSU BKB Iowa 73 OSU 57 Getting top players to produce again is key 2 28 2021.mp3
67,498 Chris Holtman OSU BKB Iowa 73 OSU 57 Offense is not crisp right now 2 28 2021.mp3
67,499 Chris Holtmann OSU BKB Iowa 73 OSU 57 Any trends in losses or different area each game 2 28 2021.mp3

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