Northwestern lets Iowa get away in 2nd half
BY LUKE MEREDITH Associated Press February 9, 2013 5:40PM
Northwestern’s Jared Swopshire (center) is helped off the court by two teammates after suffering an injury to his right leg Saturday. | AP
Updated: March 11, 2013 6:55AM
IOWA CITY — Devyn Marble broke a lengthy slump with 21 points, and Iowa defeated Northwestern 71-57 on Saturday to snap a modest two-game losing streak.
Marble put together his best scoring night in nearly two months as the Hawkeyes (15-9, 4-7 Big Ten) bounced back from a double-overtime loss Wednesday at Wisconsin. He entered the game shooting 25.3 percent (21-for-83) in conference play, but he was the best player on the floor against the Wildcats (13-11, 4-7).
‘‘I got easier buckets,’’ Marble said. ‘‘I was just in a rhythm. . . .
Everything about the game was just flowing.’’
Marble got himself going on the first play, scoring on a two-handed dunk from the wing. He followed that with a long three-pointer and a little hook shot from about five feet that put Iowa ahead 19-17.
He continued his strong play in the second half, grabbing a rebound for a putback to put the Hawkeyes ahead by nine. Josh Oglesby followed with a three-pointer to cap a 10-0 run that stretched Iowa’s lead to 50-38.
Oglesby added 10 points for the Hawkeyes, who won for only the second time in their last six games. Reggie Hearn scored 13 points to lead NU, which lost for the third time in its last four games.
‘‘We didn’t make shots,’’ said Wildcats coach Bill Carmody, whose team shot 35 percent overall and 24 percent from three-point range. ‘‘They had something to do with that.’’
NU center Alex Olah was taken to the locker room after a blow to the head early in the second half, and Carmody said he might have suffered a concussion. Forward Jared Swopshire then was helped to the bench with an injury to his right knee or ankle after being fouled near the basket with 13:41 left. The two combined for 11 points and 11 rebounds in the first half.
‘‘The game certainly wasn’t lost because of [those injuries],’’ Carmody said.