Feb. 27, 2013
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Junior Roy Devyn Marble and sophomore Aaron White combined for 36 points in leading the University of Iowa men’s basketball team to a 58-48 victory over Purdue in a defensive slugfest Wednesday night on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
“It was kind of an ugly game,” said White, who made 11-of-14 free throws and grabbed nine rebounds. “That’s what they try to do.”
Iowa appeared to take control of the game midway through the second half, building a 47-33 lead, but Purdue fought to make things interesting. The Boilermakers used a 10-2 run behind a pair of D.J. Byrd 3-pointers to trim the margin to 49-43 with 2:17 remaining.
With the Hawkeye offense struggling to find a shot, sophomore Josh Oglesby connected on a 3-pointer on a set play coming out of a timeout to give Iowa a 52-43 lead with 1:43 to play. The shot staved off any hope of a Purdue rally, and sent the Hawkeyes to their 18th victory.
“It was big sigh of relief, it felt good,” said Oglesby, who made his first start of the season in place of an injured Mike Gesell. “It shows coach McCaffery has confidence in me, he went to a play for me, and it felt good that it went in.”
“I am so proud of him hitting that shot,” said UI head coach Fran McCaffery. “Not a lot of guys could do that, come in in that situation and just drill it for you.”
The Hawkeyes finished the game shooting 31.4 percent (16-of-51) from the field and 38.5 percent (5-of-13) from long range. Purdue made 19-of-52 attempts (36.5 percent) and was 3-of-14 (21.4) percent from 3-point range.
“We needed this game to be in the 50s and 60s,” said Purdue head coach Matt Painter. “This is the first time they have won in conference with this low of a point total. We wanted the game to be in the 50s, and we had it there, we just didn’t make enough winning plays.”
Iowa had a 14 point advantage at the free throw line, making 21-of-29 attempts, while the Boilermakers were 7-of-10. The Hawkeyes also won the battle on the glass, 39-37, and committed just nine turnovers to 16 for Purdue.
“We out rebounded them,” said McCaffery. “That’s a staple. They usually win the rebounding battle, and they win the turnover battle, and we won them both. You could say that’s why we won.”
Marble made 6-of-13 shot attempts en route to his 18-point performance, making 2-of-4 3-point attempts and all four free throws. He also had four assists while filling in at the point guard position. White was 3-of-8 from the field to go along with an 11-of-14 night from the charity stripe.
After taking a 23-16 lead into the break, the Hawkeyes opened up a 30-18 advantage two minutes into the second half behind five points from Marble and a Melsahn Basabe layup. The Boilermakers, however, responded with a 10-4 run to trim the margin to 34-28 with 15:54 to play.
The Hawkeyes followed with a 13-5 spurt to open up a game-high 14-point lead with 9:29 remaining. Junior Zach McCabe’s 3-pointer at the 11:42 mark made it a 41-31 lead, and following a pair of A.J. Hammons free throws, freshman Anthony Clemmons and White had consecutive lay-ups to stretch the lead to 47-33.
Hammons was one of four Boilermakers to finish the game in double digits, finishing with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting. He also grabbed nine rebounds. Donnie Hale led Purdue with 13 points, while Bryd and Ronnie Johnson finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Iowa got off to a solid start, jumping out to an 8-2 lead four minutes into the contest and pushing the advantage to 11-4 at the 14:30 mark. White and Marble combined for all 11 points.
The Hawkeyes then stretched their lead to 13-6 courtesy of a steal and flush by Clemmons, and sophomore Gabriel Olaseni’s layup at the 12:42 mark gave Iowa a 15-8 advantage, but the basket turned out to be the Hawkeyes’ final field goal of the first half.
“We had some clean looks at it (during the 12:42 stretch),” said McCaffery. “We’re still running. We got the ball to the right people, we just didn’t make them.”
Purdue wasn’t much better in the opening 20 minutes making 7-of-23 attempts (30.4 percent). Iowa shot 21.4 percent (6-of-28), but it was able to take a 23-16 lead into the break by making 9-of-12 free throws.
Iowa (18-10, 7-8) returns to action Saturday in Bloomington, Ind., against top-ranked Indiana. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m (CT) at Assembly Hall.