COLUMBUS, Ohio — Justin who?
Iowa could be forgiven if it didn’t devote much of its scouting report to how to end Ohio State freshman Justin Ahrens on Tuesday night time. The 6-foot-6 ahead experienced scored only 38 factors all period.
But he swiftly grabbed the attention of any long term Buckeye opponents.
Ahrens poured in a job-significant 29 factors and Ohio State also got a sturdy exertion from Kaleb Wesson as it romped to a 90-70 victory about 22nd-ranked Iowa at Benefit Town Arena.
Ahrens experienced 29 factors for the period a week in the past. He netted a job-significant 9 factors in his initially job get started Saturday from Maryland, then seriously busted out in a massive way Tuesday. The younger brother of Michigan State senior Kyle Ahrens drained six 3-stage area aims and scored 25 factors in the 2nd 50 % to help the Buckeyes break open up a shut recreation.
“I didn’t seriously participate in all 12 months so they almost certainly didn’t have me in the scouting report,’’ Ahrens stated.
“Honestly, any shot I choose I consider is likely in,’’ Ahrens extra in a postgame television job interview. “That’s just the variety of person I am. I’m just concentrating on the subsequent shot.’’
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery insisted that Ahrens was in the scouting report. He stated he felt the freshman played nicely though scoring six factors in an previously conference among the two teams.
“He was open up also much,’’ McCaffery stated. “Give him credit. He manufactured six. That is amazing.’’
Wesson, who was held to just two factors in Iowa’s 72-62 victory back again on Jan. 12, also bounced back again in a massive way, finishing with 18 factors and 11 rebounds.
“Obviously, Justin was phenomenal but I assumed Kaleb seriously dictated issues in the 2nd 50 %,’’ Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann stated.
Iowa’s annoyance bubbled about in the final minutes as McCaffery and his son, Connor, both had been termed for specialized fouls.
McCaffery declined to specify what he stated or what he was complaining about.
Ohio State (18-10, 8-9 Significant Ten) experienced only a 36-33 halftime guide, but it manufactured 13 of its initially 17 pictures in the 2nd 50 % with six of those people staying 3-stage area aims.
Back again-to-back again 3s by Ahrens ballooned the Buckeyes’ guide to 71-54 with 9 minutes, 20 seconds to go. Iowa managed to chop the deficit to 11 (78-67) but with 4:08 remaining, Connor McCaffery was whistled for fouling Keyshawn Woods and was also slapped with a specialized. Ahrens and Woods each manufactured two fouls pictures to push the margin back again to 15.
Fran McCaffery got his very own specialized less than a minute later and the Buckeyes continued to pull absent.
The 90 factors is 11 more than Ohio State experienced scored in any other Significant Ten recreation this period and is 2nd only to the 107 it scored from Purdue-Fort Wayne on Nov. 11.
“We understood that if you had been likely to conquer a seriously excellent Iowa group, you require to score the ball and assault their tension and make some pictures,’’ Holtmann stated.
Joe Wieskamp manufactured 5 of 6 pictures from 3-stage array and led Iowa (21-7, 10-7 Significant Ten) with 17 factors. Tyler Prepare dinner extra 12 factors and 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes, who experienced received five of their former six online games.
Coach McCaffery pointed to inconsistent protection and rebounding as massive factors in the recreation. The lesser Buckeyes experienced a 36-26 edge on the boards.
And he stated at moments the Buckeyes just exuded a small more exertion.
“I assumed they had been more energetic,’’ he stated. “They scored 15 factors in initially four minutes of the 2nd 50 %. That can make it difficult to gain.’’
The Hawkeyes commenced rapidly, opening a 7- guide in advance of Ohio State went on a 9- run of its very own and opened a six-stage guide. Iowa, sparked by Maishe Dailey, put jointly 15-3 scoring binge that was served by a specialized foul on Holtmann and capped by a 3-pointer by Nicholas Baer, giving the Hawkeyes a 31-25 guide.
A error by Baer served the Buckeyes get back again in the recreation. Prepare dinner turned the ball about, giving Ahrens a breakaway opportunity, and Baer not only grabbed Ahrens as he went to the hoop but authorized him to convert the layup for his initially factors of the recreation. The Buckeyes got the basket, two totally free throws and the ball, and tied the score at 31-31 with 2:29 to go in the 50 %.
Senior C.J. Jackson, who returned to action after lacking the Maryland recreation with a shoulder personal injury dropped in a 3-stage area target from the left corner with 36 seconds remaining to give Ohio State its 36-33 halftime edge.