Iowa Completes Sweep Of No. 25 Ohio State, 76-67
Aaron White scored 18 of his team-high 22 points in the second half, propelling Iowa to a 76-67 upset win over No. 25 Ohio State in men's college basketball action at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday (January 17, 2015).
The victory stopped Ohio State's five-game winning streak against the Hawkeyes in Iowa City and keeps Iowa (13-3, 4-1 Big Ten) tied for first place in the loss column in the conference race. The last time the Hawkeyes were on top of the Big Ten standings after five leagues games was 1998-99, Dr. Tom Davis' final season as Iowa's coach.
Iowa never trailed in the game, jumping out to a 9-0 lead and matching Ohio State (14-5, 3-3) point-for-point the rest of the way. The Hawkeyes led the Buckeyes, 37-26, at halftime.
All season long, Iowa has stuggled to make baskets in the second half. That wasn't the case on Saturday, as the Hawkeyes elevated their game with 56-percent shooting (10-of-18) the final 20 minutes. It was White who made the biggest impact.
Iowa's senior forward, seemingly, took the game over after picking up his third personal foul just 35 seconds into the second half. In foul trouble with just four points, Coach Fran McCaffery benched White, then put him back in the game with 16-minutes, 37-seconds remaining.
White was unstoppable after he returned to the floor, scoring 12 of his 18 second-half points on six-straight possessions. White's 22-point afternoon moved him ahead of Adam Haluska into ninth-place on Iowa's all-time scoring list (1,591 points). It's the fourth-time this season that White has scored 20 or more points in a game.
Adam Woodbury also had a big day for the Hawkeyes, scoring a season-high 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds -- the second double-double of his career.
This marks the first time Iowa has won consecutive games against Ohio State since 2006, when the Hawkeyes beat the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tournament championship game and won the teams' only regular-season meeting. The 2005-2006 Iowa team featured former Waterloo East High School stars Carlton Reed and Mike Henderson.
Iowa opened Big Ten play with a 71-65 upset of the then-No. 20 Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio, on Dec. 30, 2014. Saturday's win marked the first time since 2004 that Iowa has swept the home-and-home series with Ohio State, which had won eight of the last nine games in the series prior to this season.
D'Angelo Russell led the Buckeyes' offensive attack on Saturday, scoring a game-high 27 points and pulling down 14 rebounds.
Iowa returns to action Tuesday, Jan. 20, when it travels to Madison, Wisconsin, to take on the 4th-ranked Badgers. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. (CT) at the Kohl Center.