IOWA CITY, Ia. – The only person to slow down Iowa’s Devyn Marble Sunday was his own coach, Fran McCaffery.
Marble scored 15 of his team’s first 17 points, and finished with 27 in just 20 minutes as Iowa routed Abilene Christian, 103-41, before an announced crowd of 14,733 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
“I put the work in, so I’m not super crazy about the results,” said the senior guard, who made 9-of-13 shots from the field and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. “I knew they were going to start happening. I ‘ve just got to be consistent, and try to get in a rhythm early.”
McCaffery moved Marble from point guard to second guard two games ago.
“He was really mixing up his game, both with threes (3-for-6) and drives and pull-ups and post-ups, and that’s the reason we moved him back to the two spot, to get him all over the floor with the ball,” McCaffery said. “I think that’s where he’s at his best.”
The 27 points matched the fourth-highest-scoring game of Marble’s career. He scored a career-high 31 against Oregon in a second-round NIT game in 2012. He also scored 30 against Northern Iowa, 28 against Stony Brook and 27 against South Carolina State as a junior.
“I’m just being more aggressive, looking for my shot more and being more assertive,” said Marble, who had scored a total of 33 points in the first three games. But at the same time I’m still trying to make the right plays. I’m still a pretty good playmaker off the ball.”
In its previous game, four days ago at Maryland, Abilene Christian led with 14 minutes to play, 44-38. The Terrapins ended the game with a 29-0 run. The Wildcats missed their last 18 shots from the field.
Marble and freshman Peter Jok, who scored 15 points including 3-of-5 shooting from three, outscored Abilene Christian Sunday. Marble and Jok combined to make 15 field goals. The Wildcats had 14.
The 62-point margin of victory tied for fourth on a list of the Hawkeyes’ biggest blowouts. It was also the first time Iowa has reached the century mark in back-to-back games since the 1997-98 season. Iowa beat Maryland-Eastern Shore 109-63 Thursday.
Abilene Christian, a transitional NCAA Division I program, started just one player taller than 6-feet-5.
“It’s not a big team,” McCaffery said. “They’re in a transitional phase. They’re playing a murderous schedule. It’s a very difficult situation for a team to be going through.”
Iowa shot 62.3 percent from the field, and had 25 assists to five turnovers. McCaffery made liberal use of his bench. No one played more than Jarrod Uthoff’s 23 minutes. Ten different players saw at least 13 minutes of action.
Jok made the most of his 20 minutes, hitting 6-of-8 shots from the field after a tip from his guardian, Mike Nixon.
“My confidence has always been there,” Jok said. “(Nixon) told me I’ve just got to work on my feet. I don’t square my feet when I shoot. That’s what I’ve been working on all week. And I think that’s what helped me (Sunday).”
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