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Hawkeyes Top Panthers in Big 4 Classic, 80-73


This news story was published on December 15, 2012.
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Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications   –

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa junior guard Roy Devyn Marble set a Wells Fargo Arena Division I men’s basketball record 30 points, to lead the Hawkeyes past the Panthers, 80-73, in the inaugural Hy-Vee Big Four Classic.

The Hawkeyes, currently riding a four-game winning streak, improve to 9-2 on the season, while the Panthers drop to 6-4 after having their three-game winning streak snapped.

UNI sophomore Deon Mitchell paced the Panthers with 23 points, eclipsing the 20-point mark for the second time this season. Panther center Seth Tuttle chipped in with 18 points and nine rebounds and senior Anthony James finished with 15 points.

Marble led the Hawkeyes with 13 first-half points on 3-of-5 shooting from downtown and freshman guard Mike Gesell knocked down 4-of-5 three pointers in the half to give the Hawkeyes a 40-32 halftime advantage. The 40 points scored by the Hawkeyes were the most the Panthers had allowed any opponent to score in a half all season, and marked only the second time all season the Panthers have trailed at halftime.

UNI senior Anthony James led the Panthers with 10 first half points, while sophomore guard Deon Mitchell chipped in with 9 first-half points.

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*Iowa improves to 9-2 on the season, its best start since the 2008-09 season (9-2).

*Iowa improves to 14-2 when scoring 80 or more points over the past three seasons.

*Junior Roy Devyn Marble scored 30 points, which sets the record for most points scored in a Division I men’s basketball game inside Wells Fargo Arena. 30 points is his season-high, and is one point off his career high.

*Marble’s 30 points is tied for the third most points scored by an Iowa player under McCaffery.

*Marble went 14-of-19 from the free throw line. 14 made free throws and 19 attempts are the most by an Iowa player under McCaffery, and both are also arena records for Division I men’s games.

*Freshman Mike Gesell scored a career-high 23 points, making 4-of-6 three pointers.

*Iowa made 12 three-pointers, which ranks as the second most by an Iowa team in McCaffery’s tenure.

*Senior Eric May had a career-high seven assists.

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