OSU Overwhelms Hawks

Iowa remained winless in the Big Ten when it fell, 70-48, at No. 1 Ohio State on Wednesday.

The struggles of the Iowa men's basketball team continued Wednesday night in Columbus. No. 1-ranked Ohio State blew out the Hawkeyes, 70-48, at Value Center Arena.

After almost knocking off the Buckeyes two weeks ago, Iowa proved no match for Ohio State in the second meeting of 2011. The Hawkeyes lost the earlier meeting, 72-6, in Iowa City.

"They have a lot of weapons, but I felt like our energy level to start was not what it needed to be," Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said in his postage radio interview. "We were a little bit tentative. We were trying to work the ball on offense and had a couple of bad possessions early.

"Our defense was not what it needed to be. Our rotations weren't what we worked on. Our intensity level, our ball pressure, all of those things were a little bit less than what we needed."

Andrew Brommer paced Iowa (7-11 overall, 0-6 Big Ten) with 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks.

"I'm really proud of Andrew," McCaffery said. "He struggled on Sunday (against Minnesota). It wasn't easy for him. I felt bad for him.

"But we've seen him play this way in practice and in games. That's a real positive for our team, Andrew Brommer."

Melsahn Basabe added 11 points and four rebounds in a losing effort, while Bryce Cartwright tallied 10 points and handed out seven assists. He did lead Iowa with five of the team's 23 turnovers.

Starters Matt Gatens (eight points on 4 of 11 shooting) and Eric May ( zero points, 0 of 2 from the floor) struggled on Wednesday,

"It's interesting because I'm a little surprised that they weren't (more aggressive)," McCaffery said. "That's Eric's game, attack the rim. He didn't do that. He was playing east to west. He wasn't playing north to south.

"Matt was turning lay-ups down. I'm a little surprised. He and Eric were both playing east and west today."

Starting center Jarryd Cole also suffered through a difficult night. The senior went scoreless and committed four fouls in 10 minutes.

Iowa returns to action on Sunday when it plays host to Indiana at 2 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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