Nov. 17, 2013
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Senior Roy Devyn Marble’s 27-point outburst lifted the University of Iowa men’s basketball team to a 103-41 victory over Abilene Christian on Sunday on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena in a Battle 4 Atlantis preliminary round contest.
Marble scored 22-of-his-27 points in the first half, and finished the game making 9-of-13 field goals, 3-of-6 3-pointers and all six of his free throws — all in just 20 minutes of court time. The 27-point outburst ties the fourth-highest scoring game of his career and moved him from No. 26 to No. 19 on Iowa’s all-time scoring list with 1,194 points.
“Devyn was really mixing up his game both with 3s, drives and pull-ups,” said UI head coach Fran McCaffery. “That is the reason we moved him back to the two spot is to get him all over the floor with the ball. That’s where he is at his best.”
Three additional Hawkeyes reached double figures. Freshman Peter Jok finished with 15 points, making 6-of-8 attempts (three 3-pointers), while senior Zach McCabe and junior Gabriel Olaseni scored 10 points apiece. Junior Aaron White finished with nine points and a game-high seven rebounds.
Iowa shot a season-high 62.3 percent (38-of-61) from the floor, including making 9-of-21 from 3-point range. The Hawkeyes outscored the Wildcats, 46-16 in the paint, 29-4 in points off turnovers and 19-2 in fast-break points. Iowa had 25 assists to just five turnovers in the contest.
Iowa’s defense limited Abilene Christian to 25.9 percent (14-of-54) shooting and a 3-of-23 performance from long range. The Wildcats made 10 3-pointers in a road loss at Maryland on Nov. 13.
Marble got Iowa off to a quick start, scoring 15 of the team’s first 17 points to lead the team to a 17-7 lead over the first six and a half minutes. Iowa made 9-of-15 shots during the first eight minutes, while Marble hit six of his first seven shots, including a pair of 3-pointers.
“I work on my shot every day and shoot well in practice, so it was only a matter of time,” said Marble. “I needed to get into a rhythm before we head to the Bahamas and play top-tier competition. I got an easy layup early that opened up the size of the basket for me.”
After the Hawkeyes pushed their lead to 29-11 courtesy of a Jarrod Uthoff jumper at the 9:54 mark, Abilene Christian scored 6-of-8 points to trim the deficit to 31-19. Iowa then score 15-of-17 to close out the half to take a 46-22 lead into the locker room.
“We knew what they were capable of doing,” said Marble. “We watched the film of them playing Maryland and they were winning until the 14-minute mark of the second half. We wanted to come in and set the tone, so that’s what we came out and did.”
An old-school three-point play at the 1:50 mark gave Marble 22 first-half points and pushed the Hawkeye lead to 20. Iowa pushed the game to blowout status with a 32-4 run to start the second half to stretch the lead to 78-26. Jok had back-to-back field goals — a 3-pointer and jumper — during the stretch and scored 13-of-his-15 points in the second half.
“I am letting the game come to me, and that’s why I was making a lot of shots,” said Jok.
Iowa hit the 100 point mark for the second-consecutive game after scoring 109 in a victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Thursday night. The 66-point margin of victory ties for the fourth-largest in school history.
Iowa (4-0) returns to action Friday, hosting Penn at 6 p.m. (CT). The Hawkeyes then head to the Bahamas to resume Battle 4 Atlantis competition against Xavier on Nov. 28.