NCAAB: Ohio State snaps five-game skid, halts Iowa’s win streak

Freshman Brice Sensabaugh scored a career-high 27 points when Ohio State broke a five-game losing streak with a 93-77 victory against visiting Iowa in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday.

Sensabaugh went 10 of 12 from the floor in besting his previous high of 22 points for the Buckeyes (11-8, 3-5 Big Ten) as they ended Iowa’s four-game winning streak.

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Isaac Likekele had 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and Zed Key contributed 11 points for Ohio State but injured his knee with 21 seconds left following a dunk.

Kris Murray led the Hawkeyes (12-7, 4-4) with 22 points and Filip Rebraca had 15.

Sensabaugh’s 3-pointer was followed by two baskets from Key and a free throw by Justice Sueing that gave the Buckeyes eight unanswered points and a 79-63 lead with 5:43 to play, but they had to be wary of another comeback by the Hawkeyes.

Iowa overcame a 21-point deficit to beat Indiana on Jan. 5 and rallied from 10 down in the second half to defeat Michigan in overtime a week later.

Fortunately for the Buckeyes, the game wasn’t close at the end.

The losing streak, the longest for Ohio State since the 2018-19 season, featured five straight losses by single digits — by a combined 19 points — for a program record.

The first half ended with a whimper as the Buckeyes secured a 37-35 lead. They went the final 3:17 without scoring while the Hawkeyes went the last 3:06 without a point, committing three turnovers in the process.

Ohio State looked like it would take control early when a 12-0 run pumped their lead to 25-15 that was stopped when Murray canned a jumper.

The Buckeyes got boost from a pair of 3-pointers in the first half off the bench by usual starter Sean McNeil, who was a game-time decision after a “dental emergency,” according to a team statement. He finished with 10 points.

The Ohio State victory tied the all-time series 83-83. The teams play in Iowa City on Feb. 16.

–Field Level Media

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