IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa guard Devyn Marble scored 26 points to lead No. 17 Iowa in a rout past No. 10 Michigan 85-67 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday.
Marble, a 6-foot-6 senior, scored Iowa’s first nine points and had 22 by halftime on 8-of-13 shooting. Marble, a 6-foot-6 Southfield, Mich., native scored Iowa’s first nine points on 3-pointers. He finished 6 of 10 from 3-pointer range and had two assists.
Iowa’s efficiency early proved to be the difference. When Michigan crept within six points at 16-10, Iowa took off on an 11-1 run that essentially ended the contest. Marble scored on a layup and a 3-pointer to push the score to 21-10. Iowa center Gabe Olaseni scored inside and hit one of two free throws to move it to 24-10. After Michigan’s Caris LeVert sank one free throw, Iowa’s Zach McCabe buried a 3-pointer to push Iowa ahead 27-11.
Marble continued to shine the rest of the half. He answered mid-half Michigan baskets with a jumper and a 3-pointer to put Iowa up 36-25. Marble ended the half by drilling a 3-pointer with one second left to give the Hawkeyes a 14-point halftime lead.
Iowa (18-6, 7-4 Big Ten) continued to pour it on after halftime. Three consecutive possessions ended with scores, including a 3-pointer and pair of free throws by point guard Mike Gesell.
The win ended a two-game home losing skid for Iowa. The Hawkeyes previously had won 20 straight before back-to-back home losses to Michigan State and Ohio State. Iowa also had struggled against top-20 programs this season, winning just one of seven before Saturday.
Gesell scored 10 points, dished eight assists and grabbed four rebounds for the Hawkeyes. Aaron White had 11 points and eight rebounds.
Michigan (17-6, 9-2 Big Ten), which beat Iowa 75-67 on Jan. 22 in Ann Arbor, was led by LeVert, who scored 22 points and grabbed five rebounds. Zak Irvin scored 19 points for the Wolverines.
Iowa had 22 assists on 29 baskets, including nine on its first 10 scores in the first half. The Big Ten’s leading rebounding team, Iowa outrebounded Michigan 38-29. Iowa registered nine steals and forced 12 Michigan turnovers. Iowa had only seven turnovers.
NOTES: Marble moved into 10th place on Iowa’s scoring list. He now has 1,528 points. His father, Roy Marble, is Iowa’s all-time scoring leader with 2,116 points (1986-89). … Iowa shot 59 percent from 3-point range (10 of 17).
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