Friday, November 24, 2017

Hawkeyes get a statement win


IOWA CITY, Iowa — Roy Devyn Marble's hot shooting at the start sparked his teammates. It even helped his defense.

Marble scored 22 of his 26 points in the first half as No. 17 Iowa beat No. 10 Michigan 85-67 Saturday. Marble even drew the defensive assignment on Nik Stauskas for much of the game, holding the Wolverines' leading scorer to 10 points.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery called it his team's best performance of the season.

"I just wanted to come out and be aggressive," Marble said. "I just told the guys come out here and play hard. If we win, we win; if we lose, we lose. But you won't be able to doubt our lack of toughness and our energy on both ends of the court."

The Hawkeyes (18-6, 7-4 Big Ten) have beaten two top 10 teams in the regular season for the first time since 1990-91. Iowa avoided a third straight loss at home and split the season series with Michigan.

Caris LeVert scored 22 for the Wolverines (17-6, 9-2), who have lost two of three after starting 8-0 in the Big Ten.

Iowa's Aaron White had 11 points and eight rebounds. Mike Gesell had 10 points and matched a career high with eight assists, five on Marble's baskets.

Marble made 6 of 9 3-pointers in the first half, more 3s than the Hawkeyes made as a team the past five games.

Smart shoves fan

LUBBOCK, Texas — Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart shoved a fan near the end of the No. 19 Cowboys' 65-61 loss at Texas Tech. Smart was trailing a breakaway dunk by the Red Raiders and his momentum carried him into the stands under the home team's basket. Words were exchanged between him and a Texas Tech fan, and Smart shoved the fan, knocking him backwards. Officials gave Smart a technical foul but did not eject him. The Cowboys (16-7, 4-6 Big 12) lost their fourth straight.

NO. 4 WICHITA ST. 82, N. IOWA 73: Tekele Cotton scored 18 for the visiting Shockers (25-0, 12-0 MVC), who became the first team to open 25-0 since Derrick Rose helped Memphis win its first 26 in 2007-08.

SMU 76, NO. 7 UC 55: Nick Russell had 15 points and several big steals, and coach Larry Brown's Mustangs (19-5, 8-3 American) stayed undefeated at home and ended a 15-game winning streak by Cincinnati (22-3, 11-1). SMU has beaten three Top 25 teams in its past seven home games.

NO. 8 KANSAS 83, W. VA. 69: Andrew Wiggins scored 19, Wayne Selden had 17 and the host Jayhawks (18-5, 9-1 Big 12) survived a foul-fest on a day they honored their 1974 Final Four team.

NO. 11 DUKE 89, BC 68: Jabari Parker set career highs with 29 points and 16 rebounds, and Quinn Cook hit five 3-pointers and scored 21 for the visiting Blue Devils (19-5, 8-3 ACC).

NO. 13 ST. LOUIS 65, LA SALLE 63: Jordair Jett scored 19 of his 25 in the second half, including the winner with four seconds left, as the Billikens (22-2, 9-0 Atlantic 10) improved to 9-0 on the road.

KANSAS ST. 74, NO. 15 TEXAS 57: Marcus Foster scored a career-high 34 on 13 of 16 shooting as the host Wildcats ended a seven-game winning streak by the Longhorns (18-5, 7-3 Big 12).

NO. 16 IOWA ST. 84, TCU 69: Melvin Ejim hit 20 of 24 shots in scoring a Big 12-record 48 and added a career-high 18 rebounds to lead the host the Cyclones (18-4, 6-4 Big 12). Ejim had six dunks.

NO. 18 KENTUCKY 69, MISS. ST. 59: Julius Randle scored 16 and James Young added 11 for the visiting Wildcats (18-5, 8-2 SEC), who have won seven in a row over the Bulldogs.

NO. 20 UVA 64, GA. TECH 45: Sophomore guard Malcolm Brogdon scored 14 and tied his career high with 11 rebounds for visiting Virginia (19-5, 10-1 ACC), which closed its seventh straight victory with a 22-1 run.

NO. 21 OKLA. 88, BAYLOR 72: Isaiah Cousins scored 15 of his career-high 21 in the second half for the host Sooners (18-6, 7-4 Big 12), who made a season-high 14 3-pointers.

NO. 25 PITT 62, VA. TECH 57, 2OT: Cameron Wright scored four of his 18 in the second overtime to help the Panthers (20-4, 8-3 ACC) snap a two-game home losing streak.

N.C. STATE 56, UM 55: ACC leading scorer T.J. Warren had 19 of his 27 in the second half for the Wolfpack, and the Hurricanes (11-12, 2-8 ACC) dropped to 0-6 in conference home games.

UNCC 77, B-CU 54: Reggie Groves scored 15 as the host Eagles won their ninth straight game. The Wildcats (5-21, 3-8 MEAC) had won three of four.

N.C. A&T 84, FAMU 78: Lamont Middleton scored a career-high 35 to help the host Aggies hold off the Rattlers (8-15, 4-6 MEAC).

TAMPA 72, FLA. TECH 64, OT: Eric Moraes had 21 points and 15 rebounds and Da'Markco Foster had 22 points, including a tying basket with 3.6 seconds left in regulation for the host Spartans (14-6, 7-4 Sunshine State).

ECKERD 66, ROLLINS 57: Josh Snodgrass had 19 points and six rebounds and senior guard Alex Bodney topped 1,000 career points to lead the host Tritons (13-9, 5-5 SSC).

SAINT LEO 78, BARRY 58: Ron Foxx had a career-high 21 points for the host Lions (18-6, 6-5 SSC), who forced 20 turnovers and held the Buccaneers to 37 percent shooting.


USF 89, UCF 54: Sophomore Courtney Williams' fifth double double of the season (18 points, 12 rebounds) led a collaborative — and almost historic — effort by the host Bulls (13-10, 8-4 American).

USF's 35-point winning margin equaled the largest in a conference game in program history. It defeated Virginia Commonwealth 83-48 in a Metro Conference home game on Jan. 21, 1994.

Freshman Ariadna Pujol had 16 points and sophomore Alisia Jenkins 13 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls.

TAMPA 76, FLA. TECH 68, OT: Shamika Williams had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Illyssa Vivo and Ellen Nurmi hit 3-pointers to open overtime and give the host Spartans (16-5, 9-2 SSC) the lead for good in their eighth straight win.

ROLLINS 69, ECKERD 64: The visiting Tars erased a 13-point second-half deficit with a 25-6 run. Rana Thomas had 23 points for the Tritons (8-12, 1-9 SSC).

SAINT LEO 90, BARRY 88: Chelsea Williams had a career-high 30 points, Teresa Manigrasso added 20 and Chelsea Connelly had 14 rebounds for the host Lions (15-6, 6-5 SSC), who snapped a three-game skid.

NO. 17 W. VA. 84, KANSAS ST. 44: Bria Holmes had a career-high 31 points and Taylor Palmer topped 1,000 for her career for the host Mountaineers (20-3, 9-2 Big 12).

NO. 20 GONZAGA 88, LMU 51: Haiden Palmer hit 10 of 15 shots and scored 27 as the host Bulldogs (22-3, 12-1 West Coast) won their 12th straight.

NO. 21 MTSU 65, RICE 54: Ebony Rowe had 12 points and 12 rebounds for her 19th double double of the season for the host Blue Raiders (19-4, 8-1 C-USA).

NO. 22 NEB. 76, NO. 24 MICH. ST. 56: Jordan Hooper scored 18 for the host Cornhuskers (17-5, 7-3 Big Ten), who shot 46.8 percent from the field and held the Spartans (16-8, 8-3) to 39.3 percent.

Times staff writer Joey Knight contributed to this report.

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