CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Devyn Marble scored his points at a furious pace last night, but the Iowa guard didn’t take an obscene amount shots.
Marble led the Hawkeyes with 24 points in a 75-64 win against Virginia in an NIT quarterfinal. Iowa (24-12) now will face Maryland in an NIT semifinal next Tuesday at New York City.
Marble hit 8-of-16 shots from the floor and knocked down all seven free-throw attempts. He added five assists, grabbed three rebounds and had three steals in 36 minutes. He started at the point and rotated to the off-guard throughout the game.
“You know what’s good about that is the way we’re using him. He’s on, he’s off,” Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said. “He’s running the baseline, he’s up top. He’s on the wing. The thing about it is the way he gets his points is so efficient. He’s not a pig.
“He’s going to make a play, he’s going to drive and if it’s not there, he’s going to move it on. He’s not going to do something crazy. He doesn’t play nuts and that’s the sign of a great player and a guy who has matured.”
Marble is averaging 25.3 points a game in Iowa’s three-game NIT run. He’s totaled 16 assists and just four turnovers this postseason. He had to compensate at the point last night because of Mike Gesell’s stress reaction in his right foot. Gesell didn’t play in the second half.
“I was just making plays naturally throughout the flow of the game,” Marble said. “May was knocking shots down. Josh (Oglesby) was hitting some shots. Zach (McCabe) was hitting shots. Guys were making shots so I was able to drive and penetrate to cause help and they were knocking shots down for us and that led to me being able to knock shots down myself.”
Marble, a 6-foot-7 junior, has averaged 35 minutes over the Hawkeyes’ last three games.
After getting his first shot blocked, Marble bounced back with a steal and turned it into a layup. On Virginia's next possession, Marble picked up the rebound and knocked down a jumper to give the Hawkeyes a 4-0 lead.
"Even though I had a lot of points and some assists, I also caused some turnovers," Marble said. "I think I had three steals so just doing little stuff like that and everybody doing the little things."
Virginia Coach Tony Bennett said Marble reminded him of his father, Roy Marble.
"He really can move without the ball, racks those screens and shoots it well," Bennett said. "He's a good player.
"I remember his father was a terrific player, and the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree. He can score and run his cuts hard."