Turner Once Again Too Much for Hawkeyes

Evan Turner continued his mastery of Iowa on Sunday when the Buckeye star matched a career-high 32 points in Ohio State's 68-58 win. The Hawkeyes once again battled until the end but dropped their fourth game in a row on Sunday in Columbus.

Some analysts believe Evan Turner is the top player in the country. He'd probably get the vote from Iowa and its fans after the last 12 days.

Ohio State's star guard torched the Hawkeyes on Sunday for the second time in less than two weeks. Turner matched a career-high with 32 points in a 68-58 victory. The junior added seven rebounds, five assists, four steals and did not turn the ball over in 40 minutes.

"He showed how good he is," Iowa's Eric May said in a postgame radio interview. "He got the ball in the basket a lot. He turned it on in that second half. It was not a performance I was proud of on defense."

In a 65-57 win Jan. 27 at Iowa City, Turner scored 16 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out seven assists.

"Turner's a terrific player," Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter said in his postgame radio interview. "You have to give our guys a lot of credit for their effort and the way they play. Athletics are pass-fail, and it hurts.

"But the fact is we're a much better team today than when we started. If we continue to approach it the same way, we're just going to keep getting to be a better team."

The Hawkeyes' carelessness with the basketball cost them on Sunday. Ohio State outscored the visitors 20-10 on points off of turnovers. The Buckeyes posted 13 points off of nine first-half giveaways in the first half.

"They're not turnovers that make much sense," Lickliter said. "They're ones that are avoidable."

May, a freshman, scored a team-high 16 points for Iowa (8-16 overall, 2-9 Big Ten), while teammate Aaron Fuller, a sophomore, chipped in with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Cully Payne and Matt Gatens notched 11 and 10 points, respectively, but they combined for 11 turnovers.

No. 18 Ohio State (18-6, 8-3) clung to five-point halftime lead, but came out with a flurry after the intermission. The Buckeyes used a 9-2 run to own a 41-29 advantage with 16:38 to play in the game.

The home team pushed its lead to 14 points a few minutes later. Iowa kept fighting back and pulled to within eight points of the Buckeyes a few times but could get no closer.

"That's one thing that I'm proud of with this team is that we never give up in any game," May said. "I think we've shown that a few times on the road. I think towards the end of this season, it's going to really start benefitting us. That's a good thing to have, especially late in the season."

The Hawkeyes dropped their fourth game in a row and lost for the fifth time in its last six games.

Iowa returns to action on Wednesday night when Northwestern travels comes into Carver-hawkeye Arena for a 7:30 game. It represents the first meeting between the two schools this season.

"They're really good," Lickliter said. "They've had some really big wins. They're a team that they're talking about getting an NCAA bid. They're unique.

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