IOWA CITY, Iowa – Graduate transfer Sean McNeil was a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor and 4-of-4 from long range, finishing with 20 points but it came in a 92-75 setback at Iowa on Thursday night.
This was McNeil’s second 20-point game of the season and the 10th of his career. The four three-pointers also give him 200 for his collegiate career. This was the first time in McNeil’s career in which he didn’t miss a shot in a game and his second time going 4-of-4 from long range.
Both Brice Sensabaugh and Bruce Thornton were 2-of-4 from beyond the arc on the night. Sensabaugh finished with 16 points and three assists while Thornton had 11 points and two assists.
Both teams shot 57 percent for the game. The difference came in the turnovers as Ohio State had 14 turnovers and Iowa turned them in 16 points. Iowa had seven turnovers and Ohio State had just four points off those miscues.
The first half was back-and-forth for the first 17 minutes as the teams traded leads 12 times. McNeil made his first three three-point attempts and a Sensabaugh three-pointer had the Buckeyes in the lead with 2:56 to play in the half. But Iowa responded with four unanswered three-pointers in the final 2:20 to take a 47-36 lead into the break.
Iowa then made nine of its first 11 shots of the second half to shove the lead out to 20 and rode that wave the rest of the way.
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