Marble and Olaseni runaway with Primetime win

BY CARLOS SOSA | JULY 02, 2012 6:30 AM

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Devyn Marble and Gabe Olaseni lost to Melsahn Basabe and coach Dan Ahrens' team on June 24.

They wanted redemption on Sunday, and they got it with a 98-84 win against coach Randy Larson's team and his band of Hawkeyes.

"We were really persistent on trying to get this win," Marble said. "They were an undefeated team, and we knew if we got this win that we'd be tied for first [in the league] again. That was our main goal today, and I think Gabe played an excellent game."

Coach Kevin Lehman's team came out hungry in the first half. Marble led in an up-tempo game as his squad took advantage of a poor offensive showing by Larson's team.

The game was still close when Josh Oglesby, playing for Larson's team, hit his second 3-pointer of the night to make it a 24-19 game with 11:51 to play in the first half. Lehman called a time-out to refocus his team.

Then Marble and company took over.

Marble was the star of the first half, scoring 11 points and throwing down two monstrous dunks to set the tone.

"I was just trying to stay aggressive and to keep attacking the basket," Marble said. "Having the mentality of going up and dunking. Dunking can change the momentum of the game, and it probably helped today."

Attacking the basket worked well for Marble, who finished with 14 points, 4 assists, and 5 rebounds. He wasn't the only dominating player on the floor, however. The 6-6 guard broke down the defense in the first half and opened up room for Olaseni to take over in the second.

"Even in Prime Time, like the Big Ten, your lead can be gone so quickly," Olaseni said. "I can't take a possession off. You always have stay ready and be on your feet. I'm learning to be a constant-energy guy."

Olaseni dominated in the second half, feeding off a 51-40 halftime lead. Incoming Iowa freshman Adam Woodbury's defense kept him frustrated early, but Olaseni showed in the second half how dominant he can be when his jump shot is falling.

Olaseni rebounded from only scoring 6 points in the first half to scoring 14 in the second.

"I think [Olaseni] controlled the paint," Marble said. "I think he was the best big man on the floor. He was doing everything — blocking shots, rebounding, and he was scoring."

Olaseni finished the game with 20 points and 7 rebounds.

Marble and Olaseni took turns dominating the game, but they also had help. Upper Iowa's Sam Elgin surprised both teams with a game-high 23 points. Current Austria pro and former Northern Iowa star Ali Farokhmanesh also chipped in 14 points, going 4-of-4 from long range.

Lehman's team benefited from Marble attacking the basket and Olaseni playing well in the paint, but Larson's team had a tough time creating offense, finishing the game with only 14 assists.

Larson's team rode the hot hand of Oglesby in the first half. He had 15 points while going 3-of-4 from outside the arc, but he struggled to find his shot in the second half with a stagnant offense.

"Today, we just didn't play well," Zach McCabe said. "Devyn was hitting everything. Guys were getting frustrated in and out [of the paint], and it translated to the defensive end."

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