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Flat finish for Hawks

BY RYAN PROBASCO | MARCH 10, 2014 5:00 AM

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Devyn Marble, Melsahn Basabe, Zach McCabe, and Darius Stokes were honored prior to the game on March 8 for their contributions to Fran McCaffery’s program — and they all received their fair share of deserving love from the Carver-Hawkeye Arena crowd — but that would be one of the few times the group celebrated that night.

Basabe was somewhat effective in Iowa’s 66-63 loss, but was only able to log 14 minutes on the floor. McCabe only took one shot in his seven minutes of play, and leading scorer Devyn Marble was never able to find the rhythm that’s carried Iowa’s offense for much of the season.

“That was really tough; we wanted to get them a win,” freshman Peter Jok said. “It was their last game here, and we didn’t play or finish well.”

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Marble’s game seemed off early. After registering his second foul with nearly 11 minutes left in the first half, McCaffery was forced to pull the Southfield, Mich., native for the remainder of the half. It was the first time in Big Ten play this season that Marble was held under double digits in points — he finished 3-of-11 from the field.

“We rely on [Marble] to score, but we also rely on me to score, and I didn’t have the greatest scoring day,” junior forward Aaron White said following the loss. “And you can go right on down the line, no one stepped up and made big shots, and that’s what we needed.”

“I got in quick foul trouble, so I had to adjust to that,” Marble said. “I think [the bench] did a great job of picking it up and getting the lead back, 5 point lead going in the halftime. And then we came back out in the second half, it wasn’t as bad as the start of the game, but it wasn’t where it needed to be defensively. And the offense, for the first time in a couple weeks, it wasn’t as good as it has been.”

That March 8 was Iowa’s Senior Night made the loss even more disappointing for the Hawkeyes. But even though it could have been his last appearance in Iowa City, Marble didn’t want to take attention away from team’s performance.

“It really is just a loss in general,” Marble said. “I don’t want to say I couldn’t care less about the fact that it was my last game, and we lost it here. But it’s just a loss in general; it’s not about me or Melsahn or Zach and it being our last game here.

“That isn’t what this is about. It isn’t what the season comes down to. It’s not a goal to go all season to just win this game. So, in the large picture, we just wanted to win just from the standpoint that we’ve been bleeding, and we’re trying to stop the bleeding.”

Iowa’s regular season concludes on the team’s worst streak of play all season, losing five of their last six conference games. And though it’s flashed serious potential and notched some quality wins, the Hawkeyes know they haven’t accomplished much.

“We haven’t won anything yet, so we can’t be anything but hungry,” center Adam Woodbury said. “We haven’t done anything yet this season. You could say we have some nice wins here and there, but at the end of the day it matters what you do in March.”


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