Ohio State waited eight years to take sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes held it for just 24 hours.
Buckeye-killer Dean Oliver kept Iowa in it until Kyle Galloway nailed a 3-pointer from the right corner with four seconds left as the Hawkeyes upset No. 5 Ohio State 67-64 Wednesday night.
It was the third time this season the Buckeyes lost on a perimeter jumper at the end of a game.
Oliver, who hit a 3-pointer in the final minute a year ago to beat the Buckeyes in Columbus, scored 21 points, while Galloway added 12 and Ryan Luehrsmann had 10. Reserve Rod Thompson grabbed 11 rebounds and contributed big plays on three consecutive possessions down the stretch.
It was Oliver who brought the ball downcourt after Ohio State tied it with 11 seconds left. He split the defense, drew a defender and then flipped the pass to a wide-open Galloway in the right corner.
"I had been having trouble getting the ball because they had been double-teaming me," Oliver said. "But they forgot to duble-team me. I had the ball and I wanted to make something happen. I saw Kyle early and tried to draw a defender get it to him. I knew he'd get it down."
Alford said, "It looked good all the way."
Scoonie Penn, who scored nine of Ohio State's last 10 points, led the Buckeyes with 22 points. Michael Redd added 14 points, George Reese 13 and Brian Brown 10 while Ken Johnson matched his own school record with 11 blocked shots.
Oliver scored the first five points of the second half as the Hawkeyes (11-11, 4-6) expanded a 37-27 halftime lead to 42-27.
"It was a game of two different halves," Ohio State coach Jim O'Brien said. "We weren't as ready to guard in the first half as in the second."
Trailing 57-47 with four minutes left, the Buckeyes mounted a charge on baskets by Reese and Redd and a free throw by Johnson to cut the lead to five with 2:42 left.
But then Thompson stepped up. After Oliver forced a shot that bounced to the right baseline, Thompson picked off the rebound and hit a 10-foot follow. Penn countered with a jumper, but during a wild scramble near the Hawkeyes' foul line, Thompson picked up a loose ball, pivoted and fired a pass to Galloway, left all alone in the lane because of a double-team, for the layup to make it 61-54 with 1:28 remaining.
Penn's two foul shots his eighth and ninth consecutive points for Ohio State cut it to 64-61 with 41 seconds left. After Jacob Jaacks missed two foul shots for Iowa, Redd hit the back end of a two-shot opportunity with 29 seconds left.
Rob Griffin then missed two foul shots for the Hawkeyes, with the Buckeyes hurrying downcourt. They put up three shots before Reese grabbed an offensive rebound and tied the game at 64 with 11 seconds left, leading to the late heroics by Oliver and Galloway.
"I was happy for Galloway," Alford said. "He missed one like that at Indiana and you don't get many second chances."
Galloway's shot also led to a dilemma for the Hawkeyes.
"Do we foul or do we give them one crack at it?" Alford said. "We didn't want to give them a 20-foot crack at it, though."
After a timeout with 3.3 seconds left, Ohio State inbounded to near midcourt to Penn who dribbled to the right wing and got off a 3-point attempt that bounced off the front of the rim as the final horn sounded.
"I got a good look at it," Penn said. "I just didn't hit it."
Iowa finished 9-of-14 on 3-pointers and outrebounded the Buckeyes 40-33. Ohio State, shooting 71 percent on free throws, hit just 14 of 27.
Ohio State is 26-3 in Value City Arena, two of the losses to Iowa and the other to Notre Dame all on outside shots at the finish.
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