IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Jeff Horner scored 25 points, including
the game winner in the final seconds, to lift Iowa to a 74-72
victory over Ohio State Wednesday night.
With the score tied, Horner got the ball out high, drove just
inside the 3-point arc and swished an 18-foot pull-up jumper with
3.4 seconds left on the clock.
The Buckeyes had one more opportunity, but Jamar Butler stepped
out of bounds near midcourt with one second left, giving Iowa
(18-10, 6-9 Big Ten) its fourth victory in its last six games
against the Buckeyes.
The loss spoiled an outstanding performance by Terence Dials,
who led all scorers with 29 points on 12-of-17 shooting. Dials who
also grabbed nine rebounds, played all 40 minutes and was hounded
all night by double teams and a variety of Hawkeye defenders and
schemes in an effort to slow him down.
Adam Haluska added 22 points for the Hawkeyes, who took their
first lead of the second half with 8:03 remaining when Horner sank
two free throws.
The Hawkeyes led by as many as six points down the stretch, but
the Buckeyes (18-11, 7-8) tied it at 66 when Matt Sylvester hit the
second of two free throws with 1:55 left.
Haluska and Sylvester then traded 3-pointers, knotting the score
at 69. On Iowa's next possession, Doug Thomas scored on a dunk when
Horner dished off a nifty bounce pass in traffic. Thomas hit the
ensuing free throw, giving Iowa a 72-69 lead.
But Dials answered on the other end, hitting a turnaround jumper
and the ensuing foul shot with 27 seconds left to set up Horner's
Horner was 9-of-17 shooting, including 4-of-9 from 3-point
range. He also had eight rebounds and eight assists.
The Buckeyes shot 53.8 percent, while Iowa shot 47.2 percent in
a game that had 13 ties and five lead changes. The difference for
Iowa came at the free throw line, where the Hawkeyes shot 85
percent compared to 64.3 percent for Ohio State.
The Buckeyes grabbed the early lead, but Iowa got back into the
game by pressuring the Buckeyes defensively and pushing the ball up
court on nearly every possession.
Down by nine, Iowa responded with a 14-5 run and tied the game
at 20 when Horner, who had 12 first-half points, stepped in front
of a pass, drove the court for a layup and hit the ensuing foul
The teams tied and traded leads several times over the next five
minutes before Dials began to get hot inside. Dials scored eight of
Ohio State's final 12 points in the first half and his dunk with
2:14 to go put the Buckeyes ahead 35-31.
The Hawkeyes closed the lead to one when reserve Jack Brownlee
nailed a 3-pointer, only his second of the season, just before the