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Marble puts Iowa on back at end

Hawkeyes hang on, hold off Irish

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 12:17 a.m. CDT
(Charlie Neibergall)
Notre Dame’a Jerian Grant (22) drives to the basket past Iowa’s Devyn Marble during the first half Tuesday in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 98-93. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa tried to wear down Notre Dame with its superior depth, but the Fighting Irish wouldn’t back down.

So the Hawkeyes instead leaned on their three stars – Aaron White, Devyn Marble and emerging standout Jarrod Uthoff – to hold off the feisty Irish.

White scored 20 points, Marble and Uthoff added 17 each, and No. 23 Iowa beat Notre Dame 98-93 on Tuesday night.

Marble had 13 straight points in the second half to lead the Hawkeyes (8-1), who bounced back from an overtime loss to No. 14 Villanova with just their third win in 13 Big Ten/ACC Challenge games.

Marble’s “run was the difference in the game,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “This is a very experienced, very well-coached team. You just didn’t want it to be that quickly. ... They kept scoring, so [Marble] put us on his back in that stretch.”

Uthoff made two free throws and threw down an open dunk in the final 37 seconds to help seal the win for Iowa, which scored over 90 points for the third time this season.

Garrick Sherman had a career-high 29 points, Eric Atkins added 23, and Jerian Grant had 13 points and 10 assists for Notre Dame (5-2), which lost despite shooting 51.5 percent from the field.

Iowa was even better from the field, shooting 56.9 percent.

“This team is pretty resilient. I think that showed over how we played the last 6 days,” Uthoff said.

Still, the Hawkeyes couldn’t put away the Fighting Irish until the final second.

“Neither one of us could guard each other,” Irish coach Mike Brey said. “I’m really impressed with Iowa, but I love my team. In a tough atmosphere with some new faces, new roles, we answered just about every charge. We just didn’t have much at the end.”

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