Hawkeyes wallop Abilene Christian, 103-41
IOWA CITY – Iowa’s usually balanced scoring attack stepped aside for a red-hot Devyn Marble.
Marble scored 22 of his season-high 27 points in the first half as Iowa thumped Abilene Christian in a 103-41 win on Sunday. Marble scored 15 of the Hawkeyes’ first 17 points in an impressive offensive performance.
“I felt like it’s supposed to happen,” Marble said. “I work on my shot every day. I shoot well in practice. It was only a matter of time. I just needed to get into a rhythm.”
Freshman Peter Jok added 15 points for Iowa (4-0). The 62-point win is tied for the fourth-largest margin of victory in Iowa history.
LaDarrien Williams scored 12 points to lead Abilene Christian (0-4).
Marble put on a show in the opening minutes. The senior hit a jumper and swished a pair of 3-pointers for Iowa’s first eight points.
A couple minutes later, Marble hauled in a deep pass from teammate Aaron White, then went behind his back to scoot around a defender for the lay-in.
After another Marble layup, the 6-foot-6 guard attacked the basket with a nifty spin move to lose his defender at the elbow. Then Marble adjusted his shot in midair to absorb a foul on the layup, drawing a big reaction from the crowd at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Marble, who moved from point guard to shooting guard this week, converted the three-point play for his 17th point in only 6 1/2 minutes.
“The reason we moved him back to the two-spot is to get him all over the floor with the ball,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “That’s where he’s at his best.”
Marble came within four points of tying his career high despite playing only 20 minutes. He finished 9 of 13 from the floor and sank all six of his free throws.
“I’m just being more aggressive, looking for my shot more and being more assertive,” Marble said. “At the same time, I’m still trying to make the right plays. I’m still a playmaker with the ball and finding open guys.”
The Hawkeyes shot 62 percent from the floor to eclipse the 100-point mark for the second-straight game. Iowa made nine of 21 3-pointers.
Abilene Christian – new to Division I this year after playing 31 years in Division II – is off to its worst start since 1990.
The Wildcats led Maryland for much of the first half earlier this week before being put away late in the second half. They didn’t have a chance from the start against Iowa.
Abilene Christian committed 19 turnovers and had only six assists on 14 field goals. The Wildcats shot just 26 percent, including 3 of 23 3-pointers.