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Marble, Iowa roll to 90-46 rout of South Carolina St.

December 20, 2012
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (sports@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

IOWA CITY - Only Iowa coach Fran McCaffery could stop Devyn Marble from consecutive 30-point games.

Marble continued his red-hot shooting with 27 points on a season-high six 3-pointers, leading Iowa to a 90-46 rout of South Carolina State on Wednesday night.

The Hawkeyes (10-2) are off to their best start in eight years.

Marble scored 21 points in the first half -- one more than South Carolina State (4-8) did as a team. The guard knocked down a pair of 3-point shots to start the second half, but McCaffery decided to sit Marble for the final 16 minutes with the Hawkeyes owning a commanding lead.

Marble has scored in double figures in all but one of Iowa's games. The junior scored a season-high 30 points on Dec. 15 against Northern Iowa.

South Carolina State - picked to finish last in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference - struggled to find anything on offense.

The Bulldogs misfired on an astonishing 53 field-goal attempts and shot only 25 percent from the floor. South Carolina State made only 5 of 24 3-point shots.

Matthew Hezekiah led South Carolina State with 12 points.

Iowa out-rebounded the Bulldogs 56-36.

The Hawkeyes led 11-9 early in the first half, just a few minutes after taking their first lead of the game. They exploded with a 19-4 run during a 6-minute stretch.

McCaffery, in his third year at Iowa, evened his record at 39-39. The Hawkeyes lost 20 games in McCaffery's first season - the second most in school history.

Guard Josh Oglesby didn't play Wednesday because of an undisclosed injury. McCaffery expects the 3-point specialist to return to the court in Iowa's nonconference finale on Saturday against Coppin State.

 
 

 

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