Iowa Falls Late to Ohio State

In the end, Evan Turner proved to be too much for the Hawkeyes to overcome as Ohio State slipped past Iowa, 65-57, Wednesday night in Iowa City. Read the wrap with coaches' comments in this game story.

IOWA CITY, Ia. - In the end, Evan Turner proved to be too much for the Iowa.

The junior from Ohio State overcame a slow start to control the game at crunch time on Wednesday here at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. He helped his 24th-ranked Buckeyes escape with a 65-57 victory against the Hawkeyes.

Turner finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists (one turnover), three steals and a block. Ohio State (15-6 overall, 5-3 Big Ten) outscored Iowa 45-32 in the second half, including 15-7 in the game's final five minutes.

"I believed in the team the whole way, so I'm really disappointed; not in our effort, but in the outcome," Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter said. "We just made too many errors to beat a team like this. They were errors in nature of not paying attention. The game was ours to control and we just didn't finish it. When it was time to finish, I thought we got a little apprehensive."

With Ohio State clinging to a 53-50 lead with 2 minutes, 18 seconds on the clock, Turner stole and inbounds pass at mid-court and went in for an uncontested dunk. After an Eric May 3-pointer, Turner answered with a driving lay-up, which seemed to zap the life out of Iowa.

Turner would add four more points in the final :37 to help seal the deal for the visitors.

"We're very fortunate to get out of here with a win," Ohio State Coach Thad Matta said. "I'm proud of the way we finished the game. We weren't as ready as we needed to be when you're playing a team like Iowa."

May paced the Hawkeyes with 18 points, shooting 5 of 10 from beyond the arc. He also did a nice job containing Turner for much of the night.

"Eric May is starting to figure out how to complement his skills and abilities with techniques that are important," Lickliter said.

Iowa's leading scorer, Mat Gatens, injured his ankle in shoot-round in the afternoon and had to be helped off of the court. The sophomore ended up playing 38 minutes.

"I don't think most people would have played tonight," Lickliter said.

Iowa (8-13, 2-6) next plays on Saturday at Michigan. It's a 3:35 tip.

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