Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 1/22/13
Deshaun Thomas, who missed part of the second half with a cut above his eye, scored 16 points and No. 14 Ohio State built a big lead and then held on to beat Iowa 72-63 on Tuesday night. Thomas, the Big Ten's leading scorer at 21 points per game, sat out about 3 minutes while an open cut over his right eye was bandaged. The Buckeyes (14-4, 4-2 Big Ten) led by 24 points with under 13 minutes left but watched as Iowa cut the lead to four with 1:30 remaining. Aaron White, an Ohio native playing his first college game in his home state, had 13 points for Iowa (13-6, 2-4). Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. both had 12 points and Evan Ravenel added 11 for Ohio State. The Buckeyes used a 10-0 run bridging halftime to build a 24-point lead. Iowa rallied to draw within five points on White's bank shot with 2:30 left. Ohio State missed a shot but rebounded it, before Craft was called for an offensive foul. White then was fouled and hit the second of two to cut the lead to 63-59 with 1...
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