IOWA CITY – Iowa got a much-needed win over Illinois Tuesday night, 63-55, to keep their slim NCAA Tournament hopes alive.
Iowa improved to 26-0 when holding opponents to fewer than 60 points over the past three years, and improves to 15-2 playing at home this season.
Iowa Coach Fran McCaafery talked about his team’s victory.
“We didn’t turn it over. We got good shots at the basket. We were driving the ball.”
Iowa tied the school record for blocks in a game with 12. Iowa had nine blocks in the first half. Sophomore Gabe Olaseni had a career-high six blocks.
Roy Devyn Marble is now two points away from joining the 1,000 point club. He led the team in scoring for the seventh straight game, scoring 21 points. He was a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line. In the past seven games, Marble is averaging 19.3 points per contest.
Sophomore Josh Oglesby scored 10 points, reaching double-figures for the sixth time this season. “He was using his shot fake,” said coach McCaffery. “He was really crafty with those last two shots he got off.”
Iowa closes out the regular season at home against Nebraska.