By JASON BRUMMOND/Associated Press
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Roy Devyn Marble scored 22 of his 26 points in the first half and No. 17 Iowa beat No. 10 Michigan 85-67 on Saturday.
Aaron White added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Hawkeyes (18-6, 7-4 Big Ten), who have beaten two AP Top 10 teams in the regular season for the first time since 1990-91, avoided a third straight loss at home and split the season series with Michigan.
Caris LeVert scored 22 points for the Wolverines (17-6, 9-2), who have lost two of three after starting 8-0 in the Big Ten.
Marble was 6 of 9 from 3-point range in the first half – more than the Hawkeyes made as a team the last five games. He finished 8 of 17 from the field and made all four of his free throws.
Mike Gesell had 10 points and matched a career high with eight assists for the Hawkeyes, who rank next to last in the Big Ten in 3-point field goals, finished 10 of 17 from behind the arc. Melsahn Basabe added eight points and 10 rebounds.
Nik Stauskas, Michigan’s top scorer, finished with 10 points as Marble drew the defensive matchup for much of the first half.
The Hawkeyes led by as many as 16 points in the first half as Marble connected on three 3-pointers for Iowa’s first nine points.
Later in the half, Marble’s sharp crossover led to a quick layup. Marble knocked down another 3-pointer on the next possession, turning to salute the fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Marble hit two more 3-pointers at the end of the half – one just before the buzzer – to give Iowa a 43-29 lead.
Michigan never got closer in the second half.
Marble’s 22-point first half ended a stretch of bad starts for the Hawkeyes’ leading scorer. He scored five points or less in five of Iowa’s last six games, including two scoreless halves.
Marble moved into 10th place on Iowa’s all-time scoring list with 1,529 points.
The Hawkeyes are 6-0 in games following a loss this season.
The Hawkeyes dominated in the post with 34 points in the paint and seven blocked shots. Iowa grabbed 38 rebounds to Michigan’s 29.
Freshman Zak Irvin scored 19 points for Michigan, going 4 of 6 from 3-point range.
The Wolverines, who fell a half-game behind Michigan State in the Big Ten standings, next plays at Ohio State with home games against Wisconsin and Michigan State to follow.
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