Marble sparks Iowa

JASON BRUMMOND Associated Press Published:

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Roy Devyn Marble's hot shooting at the start sparked his teammates. It even helped his defense.

Marble scored 22 of his 26 points in the first half and No. 17 Iowa beat No. 10 Michigan 85-67 on Saturday. Marble even drew the defensive assignment on Nik Stauskas for much of the game, holding the Wolverines' leading scorer to 10 points.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery called it his team's best performance of the season.

"I just wanted to come out and be aggressive," Marble said. "I just told the guys come out here and play hard. If we win, we win, if we lose, we lose. But you won't be able to doubt our lack of toughness and our energy on both ends of the court."

The Hawkeyes (18-6, 7-4 Big Ten) have beaten two AP Top 10 teams in the regular season for the first time since 1990-91. Iowa avoided a third straight loss at home and split the season series with Michigan.

Caris LeVert scored 22 points for the Wolverines (17-6, 9-2), who have lost two of three after starting 8-0 in the Big Ten.

Iowa's Aaron White had 11 points and eight rebounds. Mike Gesell had 10 points and matched a career high with eight assists -- five on Marble's baskets.

Marble was 6 of 9 from 3-point range in the first half -- more 3s than the Hawkeyes made as a team the last five games.

Iowa, which ranks next to last in the Big Ten in 3-point field goals, finished 10 of 17 from behind the arc.

"When Dev got hot, I was just finding him and finding my shooters," Gesell said. "It's really not that hard of a job when you have guys that can score like that."

In the season's first matchup of these teams, Stauskas tied a career high with 26 points. McCaffery said Iowa was locked into collectively stopping Stauskas, who was held to 3-of-6 shooting on Saturday.

"They made a lot of adjustments," Stauskas said. "They did things on our ball screens and handoffs, which made things difficult. They denied me the ball and when I did try to drive all their guys were in the gaps."

The Hawkeyes led by as many as 16 points in the first half as Marble connected on three 3-pointers for Iowa's first nine points.

Later in the half, Marble's sharp crossover led to a quick layup. Marble knocked down another 3-pointer on the next possession, turning to salute the sellout crowd at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Marble hit two more 3-pointers at the end of the half -- one just before the buzzer -- to give Iowa a 43-29 lead.

Michigan never got closer in the second half.

"Iowa punched us early today, and it was hard to respond," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "This is how they were playing early in the season no matter who they were playing."

Marble's 22-point first half ended a stretch of bad starts for the Hawkeyes' leading scorer. He scored five points or less in the first half in five of Iowa's last six games, including two scoreless halves.

Marble finished 8 of 17 from the field and made all four of his free throws. He moved into 10th place on Iowa's all-time scoring list with 1,529 points.

The Hawkeyes are 6-0 in games following a loss this season.

Freshman Zak Irvin scored 19 points for Michigan, going 4 of 6 from 3-point range.

No. 3 FLORIDA 78, ALABAMA 69

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Scottie Wilbekin scored 16 points, leading all five starters in double figures, and No. 3 Florida beat Alabama 78-69 on Saturday for its 15th straight victory.

The Gators handled the Tide for the second time in 16 days and extended a school record for consecutive home wins to 29.

Florida (21-2, 10-0 Southeastern Conference) shot 62 percent from the field and finished with a season-high 22 assists.

Wilbekin was 3-for-5 shooting from behind the arc, making all three in the second half. Michael Frazier II was 3 for 8 from the 3-point range.

Frazier finished with 14 points, joining Wilbekin, Casey Prather (15), Will Yeguete (12) and Patric Young (11) in double figures. It was the first time all five of Florida's starters topped 10 points since Nov. 21, 2013 against Middle Tennessee.

SMU 76, No. 7 Cincinnati 55

DALLAS -- Nick Russell had 15 points to go with several big steals, and coach Larry Brown's SMU Mustangs stayed undefeated at home with a 76-55 victory Saturday night over No. 7 Cincinnati, ending the Bearcats' 15-game winning streak.

SMU (19-5, 8-3 American Athletic Conference) has already beaten three Top 25 opponents in seven games since moving into the renovated Moody Coliseum on campus five weeks ago.

Russell had two steals in less than a minute that led to breakaway baskets, with a 3-pointer by Nic Moore in between, to cap an 11-0 run by the Mustangs after Cincinnati (22-3, 11-1) cut the gap to 48-41 midway through the second half.

No. 8 KANSAS 83, W. VIRGINIA 69

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points and Wayne Selden had 17 for Kansas, which padded its lead in the Big 12 standings.

Reserve Tarik Black added 11 points for the Jayhawks (18-5, 9-1 Big 12), who honored the 40th anniversary of their 1974 Final Four team by fending off the Mountaineers (14-10, 6-5) to take a two-game lead over surprising Texas in the conference race.

The 15th-ranked Longhorns on Saturday lost to Kansas State, which will host the Jayhawks on Monday night.

Juwan Staten scored 22 points and Eron Harris had 17 for West Virginia.

No. 11 DUKE 89, BOSTON COLLEGE 68

BOSTON -- Jabari Parker set career highs with 29 points and 16 rebounds, Quinn Cook hit five 3-pointers and scored 21 points, and No. 11 Duke coasted to an 89-68 win over Boston College.

Rasheed Sulaimon added 10 points for the Blue Devils (19-5, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). Parker extended his Duke freshman record to 14 games with 20 points or more.

Olivier Hanlan led Boston College (6-17, 2-8) with 25 points and Ryan Anderson had 12. The Eagles have dropped 10 of 12, with their only conference wins coming against last-place Virginia Tech.

The Blue Devils put it away with an 18-0 run midway through the second half, improving to 18-2 against unranked teams this season.

After a solid first half, Parker scored 12 of Duke's initial 17 points after halftime as the Blue Devils opened a 56-44 lead on his three-point play with just under 14 minutes to go.

No. 13 ST. LOUIS 65, LA SALLE 63

PHILADELPHIA -- Jordair Jett scored 19 of his game-high 25 points in the second half, including the game-winner with 4 seconds left, as Saint Louis extended its school-record winning streak to 16 games with a 65-63 victory over La Salle.

Dwayne Evans added 14 points to help the Billikens (22-2, 9-0 Atlantic 10) remain perfect on the road and in league play. Their 9-0 record away from home is the best undefeated road record in the country.

Jerrell Wright matched his career high with 21 points for La Salle (12-11, 4-5), which has lost five of its last six. Steve Zack finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds and Tyreek Duren added 14 points for the Explorers.

After Duren tied the game at 63 with a driving layup with 33 seconds left, the Billikens held for one shot and isolated Jett at the top of the key. Jett responded with another layup through the La Salle defense, and the Explorers' Tyrone Garland missed the potential game-winner from halfcourt at the buzzer.

KANSAS ST. 74, No. 15 TEXAS 57

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Marcus Foster scored a career-high 34 points on 13-of-16 shooting as Kansas State ended Texas' seven-game winning streak.

Will Spradling added nine points for the Wildcats (16-7, 6-4 Big 12) who extended their home winning streak to 12 games. The win improved coach Bruce Weber's record at Bramlage Coliseum to 292, 13-1 in conference games.

Isaiah Taylor had 17 points for the Longhorns (18-5, 7-3) while Connor Lammert added eight points. Texas entered the game with four players averaging in double figures.

No. 16 IOWA ST. 84, TCU 69

AMES, Iowa -- Melvin Ejim hit 20 of 24 shots in scoring a Big 12-record 48 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds to lead Iowa State.

Ejim had two 3-pointers and six dunks during his big game, one on a spectacular fast-break lob from DeAndre Kane that gave the Cyclones (18-4, 6-4 Big 12) a 67-52 lead and effectively put the game out of reach.

A 6-foot-6 senior, Ejim scored 20 straight Iowa State points during one stretch in the second half. It was his 30th career double-double.

Georges Niang added 11 points and Kane finished with 10 assists for the Cyclones.

No. 18 KENTUCKY 69, MISSISSIPPI ST. 59

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Julius Randle scored 16 points and fellow freshman James Young added 11 for Kentucky.

Kentucky (18-5, 8-2 Southeastern Conference) has won three straight overall and seven in a row over Mississippi State. The Wildcats had an uneven game on offense but forced the Bulldogs into just 38.3 percent shooting (18 of 47) from the field.

Kentucky coach John Calipari used an unorthodox lineup for much of the game because of ineffective play and foul trouble. Jarrod Polson (30) and Jon Hood (13) both had season highs in minutes played.

Craig Sword had 12 points for Mississippi State (13-10, 3-7), which has lost five straight.

No. 20 VIRGINIA 64, GEORGIA TECH 45

ATLANTA -- Sophomore guard Malcolm Brogdon scored 14 points and tied his career high with 11 rebounds as Virginia closed the game on a 22-1 run.

Joe Harris and Anthony Gill added 11 points each for the Cavaliers (19-5, 10-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Georgia Tech (12-12, 3-8) led 30-29 at halftime, but the injury-ravaged Yellow Jackets ran out of gas down the stretch.

Sophomore guard Chris Bolden scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half to lead the Yellow Jackets. He was 1 for 8 from the field in the second half when Georgia Tech shot 6 for 23.

No. 21 OKLAHOMA 88, BAYLOR 72

NORMAN, Okla. -- Isaiah Cousins scored 15 of his career-high 21 points in the second half to help No. 21 Oklahoma beat Baylor, 88-72.

Buddy Hield had 19 points and Cameron Clark added 16 for the Sooners (18-6, 7-4 Big 12), who made a season-high 14 3-pointers and snapped a two-game skid.

Isaiah Austin scored a season-high 21 points for Baylor (14-9, 2-8), which once again was competitive in a losing effort.

No. 25 PITT 62, VA. TECH 57, 2 OTs

PITTSBURGH -- Cameron Wright scored four of his 18 points in the second overtime to help Pittsburgh snap a two-game home losing streak.

Pitt guard James Robinson converted a four-point play with 33 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score at 48.

In the second overtime, Pitt forward Lamar Patterson, who was held scoreless during regulation, made his first field goal of the game for a 54-52 lead. Wright added four consecutive free throws.

Pitt (20-4, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) reached 20 wins for the 13th consecutive season.

Jarrell Eddie had 15 points for Virginia Tech (8-15, 1-10), which lost its 10th straight. The Hokies have not won since New Year's Eve when they beat Maryland Eastern Shore.

BIG TEN

NEBRASKA 53, NORTHWESTERN 49

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Terran Petteway scored 17 points, and Nebraska overcame a slow start to beat Northwestern, 53-49.

Walter Pitchford added 15 points, nailing three 3-pointers, and the Cornhuskers (12-10, 4-6 Big Ten) picked themselves up after getting blown out by Michigan earlier in the week.

They trailed by six after an ugly first half and blew an eight-point lead late in the second but managed to pull this one out.

Northwestern (12-12, 5-6) had just scored eight straight to tie it at 44 when Pitchford hit two free throws and a 3 to make it a five-point game with 2:25 left.

Then, after two free throws by the Wildcats' JerShon Cobb, Petteway nailed a 3 with 22 seconds left to make it a six-point game. Northwestern's Sanjay Lumpkin answered with one of his own, but the Cornhuskers hung on.

MAC

TOLEDO 80, BALL STATE 73

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Rian Pearson scored 20 points to lead a balanced attack as Toledo toppled Ball State, 80-73.

Toledo (20-3, 8-2 Mid-American) won its eighth in its last nine games and retains the top seed in the MAC West Division. Julius Brown scored 18, Justin Drummond had 12 and Nathan Boothe added 11 points. Jordan Lauf scored four points and had three rebounds and four fouls in 10 minutes of play.

Ball State (4-17, 1-9) has now lost five in a row. The Cardinals were led by Zavier Turner with 19, while Majok Majok scored 17 and Chris Bond had 12.

The Rockets led 33-18 with 8:46 in the first half, but went scoreless until Pearson's layup with 36 seconds left.

EASTERN MICH. 70, KENT ST. 53

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Ray Lee and Darell Combs each scored 15 points, leading Eastern Michigan over Kent State, 70-53.

Eastern Michigan (13-10, 5-5 Mid-American) snapped a 17-game losing streak against Kent State (12-11, 3-7) , using a 15-2 run to open a 28-14 lead en route to a 35-25 halftime advantage.

The Golden Flashes cut the lead to 35-32 early in the second half, but Eastern Michigan responded with a 20-3 run and Kent State could not recover.

Karrington Ward added 10 points for the Eagles, including two 3-pointers as Eastern Michigan made 5 of 12 3-pointers compared with 4 of 26 from long range for Kent State.

Darren Goodson and Derek Jackson each scored 11 to lead the Golden Flashes.

OHIO 82, MIAMI 75

ATHENS -- Nick Kellogg pumped in 27 points and Travis Wilkins added 23, both career highs, to lead Ohio to an 82-75 win over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.

Trailing 47-32 at the break, Ohio (17-6, 7-3 Mid-American Conference) rallied huge in the second half with a 22-5 run that included a trio of Wilkins 3-pointers. The lead went back and forth before the Bobcats took control with back-to-back 3-pointers from Kellogg to take a 68-65 lead they would pad and protect over the final 3 minutes.

Maurice Ndour contributed 14 points and eight rebounds for the Bobcats, who hit 29 of 55 from field (53 percent) and were 11 of 29 from 3-point range.

Miami (9-12, 5-5) hit 25 of 53 overall but was held to just 12.5 percent shooting in the second half while being outscored 50-28.

Will Felder and Bill Edwards led the Redhawks with 19 points each.

BUFFALO 79, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 70

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Javon McCrea pumped in 25 points and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds as Buffalo posted a 79-70 win over Central Michigan Saturday night.

Shannon Evans scored 19 points and Jarod Oldham and Joshua Freelove added 11 and 10, respectively, for Buffalo (13-7, 7-4 MAC). The Bulls were 29 of 56 from the field (51.8 percent), 7 of 18 from long range and held a 40-26 advantage on the boards.

Central Michigan (8-14, 1-9) won its first conference game Wednesday night, knocking off Kent State in overtime.

Ohio Colleges

XAVIER 59, PROVIDENCE 53

CINCINNATI -- Semaj Christon scored 12 points and made two pivotal defensive plays in the final minute, leading Xavier to a 59-53 victory over Providence that ended the Musketeers' three-game losing streak.

Xavier (16-7, 6-4) wore its special gray home uniforms to snap out of the slump and take third place in the Big East. The streak started with an 82-72 loss at Providence on Jan. 25.

Christon made a pair of free throws with 59 seconds left, then had a steal and a deflection that led to another turnover by the Friars (16-8, 6-5), who saw their top scorer shut down in the second half. Bryce Cotton is second in the Big East with 21.3 points per game, but managed only two after halftime.

CLEVELAND ST. 72, WRIGHT ST. 68

DAYTON -- Charlie Lee scored 25 points and Bryn Forbes scored the game-winning free throws as Cleveland State beat Wright State 72-68.

Trailing 31-29 at halftime, Cleveland State (17-9, 8-3 Horizon League) led 39-38 on a layup by Sebastian Douglas, but Wright State went ahead 49-47 on a dunk by Jerran Young, and led 66-65 on Young's layup with 59 seconds to play.

Miles Dixon made it a two-point game with a free throw, but Lee put Cleveland State up 68-67 with three free throws and Forbes added two more for a 70-67 lead. Chrishawn Hopkins' free throw drew Wright State to within two, but Anton Grady sank two free throws for Cleveland State to seal the win.

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