Buckeyes top Iowa on road

IOWA CITY, Iowa — It was easy to forget about Ohio State after a string of losses, including one at home to Iowa, sent the Buckeyes tumbling out of the Top 25.

They got revenge on the Hawkeyes in Iowa City behind a signature performance from senior Aaron Craft.

Craft had 17 points, six assists and six steals to help Ohio State upset 17th-ranked Iowa on Tuesday night 76-69 for its third win in four games.

LaQuinton Ross added 13 points for the Buckeyes (18-5, 5-5 Big Ten), who moved back to .500 in the league after starting a surprising 2-4.

Craft had 14 points in the first half, and his three-point play put Ohio State ahead 66-59 with 1:17 left.

That sealed back-to-back road wins for the Buckeyes, who answered a loss to Penn State by beating Wisconsin 59-58 on Saturday.

"It's huge, and it's not big because people were doubting us or people aren't behind us anymore. This is just big for us," said Craft, whose defense also helped limit Iowa star Devyn Marble to 4-of-11 shooting. "If there's anything that we've learned from this year is that it doesn't matter about anything that is said outside of our locker room."

For Iowa, this might have been the low point it had avoided.

Mike Gesell had a season-high 16 points to lead the Hawkeyes (17-6, 6-4), who made just 3 of 20 3-pointers. They lost their second straight at home and their first to an unranked team, and Marble and Aaron White combined for just 18 points.

"We played hard. We didn't play well. We never really got in sync," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said.

The Hawkeyes clearly wanted to attack Ohio State from the perimeter. But they missed all but one of their first 14 3s, and the Buckeyes were able to manage a slim lead for most of the second half.

Iowa rallied to within 58-54 before Williams dunked off an inbounds pass with two seconds left on the shot clock. Sam Thompson then hit a 3 for a 63-54 lead with 3:56 left.

NO. 8 KANSAS 69, BAYLOR 52: Naadir Tharpe scored 22, nine in a go-ahead run before halftime, and the visiting Jayhawks (17-5, 8-1 Big 12) rebounded from their first league loss.

NO. 11 DUKE 83, WAKE 63: Jabari Parker scored 21 for the host Blue Devils (18-5, 7-3), who shot nearly 51 percent and hit 12 3-pointers against one of the ACC's best perimeter defenses.

NO. 15 TEXAS 59, TCU 54: Jonathan Holmes had 20 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, and the visiting Longhorns (18-4, 7-2 Big 12) rallied in the second half to win their seventh straight game.

NO. 18 KENTUCKY 80, OLE MISS 64: Willie Cauley-Stein broke a slump with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the host Wildcats (17-5, 7-2 SEC) made 15 of 25 second-half shots to blow it open.

NO. 24 MEMPHIS 102, RUTGERS 69: Austin Nichols scored 18 and Joe Jackson added 16 points and eight assists for the host Tigers (17-5, 7-3 American), who hit a season-high 12 3-pointers and shot a season-best 59 percent.

NO. 9 MICHIGAN ST.: Coach Tom Izzo said he's not sure how much Adreian Payne will be able to play Thursday night against Penn State, but the forward is making "significant progress" after missing six games with a sprained foot.

NO. 14 LOUISVILLE: Coach Rick Pitino said that junior forward Wayne Blackshear has a concussion and will not travel for tonight's game at Houston.

RICHMOND: Senior power forward Derrick Williams left the team for what coach Chris Mooney described as "personal reasons."

Women

NO. 1 UCONN 102, SMU 41: Bria Hartley scored 21 and Breanna Stewart added 20 to lead the host Huskies (24-0, 10-0 American) to their 30th straight win.

NO. 4 LOUISVILLE 74, UCF 59: Asia Taylor had 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead a balanced effort for the visiting Cardinals (23-1, 11-0 American).

NO. 11 ARIZ. ST. 60, ARIZONA 36: Katie Hempen scored nine of her 11 in the second half to lift the host Sun Devils (20-3, 9-2 Pac-12).

Buckeyes top Iowa on road 02/04/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 12:02am]

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