Former Hawkeye hands Iowa its first loss in Europe

TOULON, France – Former Iowa Hawkeye Pierre Pierce helped defeat the current University of Iowa basketball team in the squad’s fifth game of its European trip.

Pierce scored 19 points and hit the game-winning shot in overtime to lead Hyeres-Toulon to an 84-82 win Monday night. It was the first loss of the tour for the Hawkeyes.

Senior Roy Devyn Marble finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to lead the Hawkeyes. His best assist was an alley oop to junior Aaron White off an inbounds pass with 0.8 seconds to go in regulation. White converted the bucket to force overtime.

“I had multiple options on that inbounds pass,” explained Marble. “I had Peter (Jok) going to the corner, I had Josh (Oglesby) at the top after a screen, and I saw Josh’s man follow him so I was able to find Aaron (White) on the lob.”

Senior Zach McCabe had 11 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double, while senior Melsahn Basabe posted 15 points and six boards in the loss. Gabe Olaseni (11) and Josh Oglesby (10) also finished in double-figures for the Hawkeyes.

“This will help us get better, especially when the season starts because we have already been in a battle,” Marble said.

Iowa had a tough shooting night. The Hawkeyes made 43 percent from the floor but were just 6-of-25 from long range and 8-of-14 from the foul line. They also turned it over 20 times and were out-rebounded (51-49) for the first time in Europe.

Neither team led by more than six points in the game. The Hawkeyes trailed by as many as five points in overtime, but Marble sank a 3-pointer with 90 seconds to go to pull Iowa within two. After a couple defensive stops, Jarrod Uthoff hit a jumper to tie the game with 18 seconds left in overtime, but Pierce’s game-winning bucket came with 1 second left on the clock.

“It seemed like the game was over when they made a 3 with a minute left,” said Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. “But we kept attacking, made a couple shots, forced some turnovers and of course made the shot that sent the game to overtime with under a second to play. We made mistakes tonight and tried to recover from those mistakes, and that’s how you grow.”

Iowa will play its final exhibition game tonight against Fos-Ouest at 7:30 p.m. local time (12:30 p.m. CT) before returning to the United States on Thursday.