No. 23 Iowa holds off Notre Dame basketball, 98-93
By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer December 3, 2013 11:22PM
Notre Dame forward Pat Connaughton (24) fights for a rebound with Iowa forward Melsahn Basabe during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Aaron White scored 20 points, Devyn Marble and Jarrod Uthoff added 17 each and No. 23 Iowa held off Notre Dame 98-93 on Tuesday night.
Marble had 13 straight points in the second half for 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.
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 and Eric Atkins added 23 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.
Still, the Hawkeyes couldn’t put away the Fighting Irish until the finals seconds.
White answered an 3-pointer by Atkins by drawing contact with Sherman and converting from the free throw line to put the Hawkeyes ahead 90-83 with 1:50 left.
But Uthoff blew an easy layup and didn’t get a loose ball that Atkins put home to pull Notre Dame within 91-88.
Uthoff soon made up for those mistakes, but the Fighting Irish were still alive until White’s free throw with 0.8 seconds left.
Jerian Grant had 13 points and 10 assists for Notre Dame.
The Hawkeyes had no answer for Sherman in the first half. He had 18 points, repeatedly beating Iowa’s interior defense for easy baskets.
The way the Hawkeyes were scoring, it didn’t matter all that much.
Iowa shot 19 of 33 from the field — including an 18-foot turnaround jumper from Uthoff to beat the shot clock — and took a 52-43 halftime lead.
But the Hawkeyes were playing their fourth game in six days, and it showed at the start of the second half. Sherman helped Notre Dame quickly tie it at 55-all, reaching his career high in points with 16:53 left.
Marble kept Iowa ahead with those 13 straight points, but the Fighting Irish closed within 76-75 on Grant’s dunk with 6:46 left.
Hosting the Fighting Irish made for a special night for Iowa coach Fran McCaffery, whose owes much of his coaching career and personal life to Notre Dame.
McCaffery spent 11 seasons as an assistant with the Fighting Irish under Digger Phelps and John MacLeod, and he met his wife Margaret in South Bend. She scored 1,312 points for the Irish before serving as an assistant coach for Muffet McGraw.
The Hawkeyes made McCaffery a winner in his first game against the Irish while at Iowa — though Notre Dame proved to be a tougher challenge than many thought it would be.