Iowa City becomes Lob City in blowout win

BY BEN ROSS | NOVEMBER 15, 2013 5:00 AM

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Taken by themselves, the plays are worth just 2 points apiece, but to witness them is worth the price of $15 admission.

The Iowa men’s basketball team thumped Maryland Eastern-Shore, 109-63, on Thursday evening in front of a less than half-full Carver-Hawkeye, but the six most exciting points came on three similar, yet unique plays.

With just under four minutes left to play in the first half, Iowa senior guard Devyn Marble intercepted an Eastern-Shore pass. Marble could have easily slammed the ball through the rim himself in front of a small, yet enthusiastic student section. Instead, he decided to throw it up to his nearest teammate in front of the hoop — Aaron White.

White jammed the rock through on an alley-oop, elevating himself to a level so high that it seems as though the low roar from the crippled student section couldn’t be heard.

“[Coach Fran McCaffery] said don’t do that … I kind of knew not to do it, but it’s all good,” Marble said about the alley-oop after the game. “Weezy [Aaron White] was really nagging me in my ear … He was begging for it 30 times. It is what it is.”

McCaffery said that he wished the duo had not have attempted the play.

“I would have preferred we not do that,” McCaffery said. “I told him as much. There’s no need for that in this game.”

The players were quick to share the blame on the execution, but at the end of the day, Marble threw White under the bus.

“[White] gets [blame] just as much as me,” the senior guard said. “He said, ‘Throw me the ball Dev, throw me the ball Dev.’ It is what it is. I won’t listen to him again. I wasn’t going to do it until he was yelling that.”

When White was approached by reporters asking similar questions about the play after the game, Marble wanted to make it clear who forced his hand in throwing the ball off the glass to leave a perfectly alley-oopable ball.

“Weezy, do not lie to them,” Marble shouted to White across the room of media members.

And in the end, White fessed up, acting almost as the mature brother when mom came home to find a baseball through the kitchen window.

“I asked him to do it,” White said.

He said there were no aspirations of ESPN “Sportscenter” Top Play fame, either.

“It was just an opportunity for it, nothing more than that,” the junior from Strongsville, Ohio, said.

The pair connected on another alley-oop early in the second half, but that was almost old news. The crowd had already seen the Marble-White connection.

With 9:47 left to play, and Iowa up 82-39, Anthony Clemmons found himself on a fast break. He saw Gabe Olaseni under his net. From just before the 3-point line, Clemmons threw the ball off the glass, allowing the London native to slam the ball down — the final alley-oop of the game.

“We always connect on that in practice,” Olaseni said. “He told me to keep running and he’ll find me. I’m just happy we connected on a good play. I understand what [Coach McCaffery] is saying, sometimes we get ahead of ourselves.

“It’s nothing based on disrespect for the other team; we’re just pulling for each other.”

Iowa will take on Abilene-Christian University on Nov. 17 in Carver. Tip off is set for 3:30 p.m.

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