Iowa's Marble continues torrid pace

Published: March 27 2013 | 9:25 pm - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 1:20 pm in

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Devyn Marble scored his points at a furious pace last night, but the Iowa guard didnt 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 whats good about that is the way were using him. Hes on, hes off, Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said. Hes running the baseline, hes up top. Hes on the wing. The thing about it is the way he gets his points is so efficient. Hes not a pig.

Hes going to make a play, hes going to drive and if its not there, hes going to move it on. Hes not going to do something crazy. He doesnt play nuts and thats the sign of a great player and a guy who has matured.

Marble is averaging 25.3 points a game in Iowas three-game NIT run. Hes totaled 16 assists and just four turnovers this postseason. He had to compensate at the point last night because of Mike Gesells stress reaction in his right foot. Gesell didnt 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."


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