Poor Shooting Dooms Buckeyes

The buckeyes struggled shooting all afternoon Saturday, resulting in a 76-67 loss to Iowa.

Ohio State had a chance to avenge their first conference loss of the season against Iowa Saturday, but for the second time in as many games against the Hawkeyes, the Buckeyes fell behind early and couldn’t recover.

Ohio State lost 76-67 to Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.

The reason for the loss was simple: shooting. The Buckeyes (14-5, 3-3) struggled to hit shots in the games duration and they finished just 23 of 60 from the field (38 percent).

Things were bad from the start as Ohio State started with turnovers on three straight possessions against Iowa (13-5, 4-1), resulting in an early 9-0 Hawkeye advantage. While the Buckeyes were able to clean up the turnovers to an extent, they struggled to shoot all afternoon.

Ohio State didn’t reach double digits until Marc Loving hit a three to make it 20-12 Iowa with 8:26 remaining in the half. Aggressive play from freshman Jae’Sean Tate helped the Buckeyes stay close as the freshman scored six straight points for the Buckeyes to get within 23-18.

Tate and D’Angelo Russell were the only two to get going offensively in the first half. Russell, who finished with a game-high 27, scored 10 first half points while Tate got to the line eight times and scored eight points before intermission.

Aside from Russell, the Buckeyes shot 4 of 15 in the first half and went to the break trailing 37-26.

Things got worse in the second half, before a comeback effort fell short. The Hawkeyes, led by Aaron White’s 22 points, swelled their lead to 17 at 55-38 with 11:42 left in the game. The Buckeyes chipped away at that lead thanks to six second-half threes, but could never get the margin closer than six points.

After cutting it to nine multiple times, a three from loving cut the deficit to 66-59 with 5:21 left. Iowa followed with a jumper before a straight-on three from Shannon Scott drew Ohio State within 68-62. It would never get closer.

White was key down the stretch, scoring the game’s next five points to get the Iowa lead back to double digits. While Ohio State would cut it to single digits on the next possession, it was too late.

Russell finished with his first career double-double, hauling in a game-high 14 boards to go along with his 27 points. Tate finished with 11 points while Loving was the final buckeye in double figures with 10.

Ohio State stays on the road, traveling to Northwestern Thursday.

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