COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State's fast start wore out No. 9 Iowa at the finish.
Brian Brown scored 19 points, including 10 in a row in the second half, as Ohio State started and finished fast in a 72-62 victory over No. 9 Iowa on Saturday night.
"It was a big game for both teams," Iowa coach Steve Alford said. "At the beginning, their kids thought it was a lot bigger for them than it was for us."
Ohio State roared out to a 20-2 lead, Iowa surged back to take the lead and then the Buckeyes sprinted away again in the closing minutes.
"I'm sitting there thinking, 'This is nice, but it's going to get a lot more difficult,'" Ohio State coach Jim O'Brien said of the early onslaught. "I don't know if we can play any better than we did the opening 10 minutes. But you just knew they were going to come back."
The win was the fourth in a row for the Buckeyes, who surprisingly share the Big Ten lead with Indiana and Michigan after the conference's first week of play.
"I think we should be ranked, but it really doesn't matter," Brown said.
Iowa, which became the last Big Ten team to lose in Value City Arena, had won its last six.
"We'd been talking about toughness," O'Brien said. "We were very, very tough."