Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery was about the only person to stop Devyn Marble from scoring on Wednesday.
At least it seemed that way as Marble scored 27 points and made six 3-point baskets despite barely playing in the second half against South Carolina State. It didn’t matter, though, as Iowa still cruised to a 90-46 victory before an announced crowd of 12,186 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Marble scored 21 points in the first half and made four of his treys before halftime. The junior from Southfield, Mich., has combined to score 57 points in the last two games and made 10 3-point baskets.
Marble also led Iowa with 30 points during last Saturday’s 80-73 victory over Northern Iowa at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. He made four 3-point baskets against the Panthers.
“I’ve been putting in the work, and it’s paying off,” Marble said. “It just makes my game a whole lot easier when I can make the perimeter shot like I am now.
“Once they get aggressive and come up on me, I’m going around them.”
For a while, it looked as if the 6-foot-6 Marble might outscore the Bulldogs all by himself. He made his sixth and final 3-point basket barely two minutes into the second half to expand Iowa’s lead to 54-22.
Marble was replaced shortly after that and he didn’t play again in the second half as Iowa continued to pour it on against an opponent that Missouri had crushed 102-51 on Monday.
“I wasn’t going to keep him out there today,” McCaffery said.
Iowa improved to 10-2 and will play its final nonconference game against Coppin State on Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena before opening Big Ten play against Indiana on New Year’s Eve at home.
The victory gave McCaffery a .500 record as the Iowa coach at 39-39 overall, while his career record as a head coach improved to 290-216.
Iowa was trailing 7-4 when sophomore forward Aaron White made a basket with 16 minutes, 14 seconds left in the first half. His basket was the start of a 7-0 scoring run that eventually turned into a 26-6 run and ultimately into a 43-13 run to close out the first half.
Marble was the only player for Iowa to score in double figures Wednesday. Iowa’s next highest scorers were White and junior forward Zach McCabe with nine points apiece.
Freshman combo guard Mike Gesell led Iowa with a game-high eight assists and three steals while only playing 19 minutes.
Marble has now scored 773 points in his Iowa career. He still has a ways to go to catch his father, Roy Marble, who is Iowa’s all-time leading scorer with 2,116 points.
“He’s just really playing well, I’m really proud of him,” McCaffery said of the younger Marble. “I’m moving him around. If our offense starts to bog down, he makes a play.”
Sophomore center Gabe Olaseni came off the bench to lead Iowa with a career-high 10 rebounds. The Hawkeyes had a 56-36 advantage on the boards, along with a 22-to-9 advantage in assists. Olaseni also had four blocks and two steals.
Iowa made 11 3-point field-goal attempts Wednesday after making a season-high 12 against Northern Iowa. The Hawkeyes have combined to make 23-of-48 3-pointers in the last two games.
McCaffery emptied his bench down the stretch with exception to sophomore guard Josh Oglesby, who didn’t play Wednesday because of a minor shoulder injury.
McCaffery used 13 players, with all but one scoring at least two points. Sophomore forward Darius Stokes was the only player for Iowa not to score, but the walk-on from Cedar Rapids, who is the son of former Iowa star center Greg Stokes, compensated by grabbing five rebounds in just eight minutes of action.
South Carolina State only made 18-of-71 field-goal attempts while falling to 4-8 on the season.
“They typically shoot the ball better than they did tonight,” McCaffery said of South Carolina State. “We had something to do with that, obviously.”
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