Iowa completes sweep of MinnesotaPublished 9:39am Thursday, February 2, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa — For about 37 minutes, Iowa and Minnesota played a weird game that leaned slightly toward the Gophers.
Then Devyn Marble took over, providing an emphatic finish to a game that wasn’t clear until the final seconds.
Senior Matt Gatens scored 18 points, Marble added 12 and Iowa rallied to beat Minnesota 63-59 on Wednesday night and snap a three-game losing streak.
Marble keyed Iowa’s 9-0 run to close the game, following a 3-pointer with an emphatic one-handed dunk to tie the game at 59 with 1:43 left. Bryce Cartwright gave the Hawkeyes (12-11, 4-6 Big Ten) the lead with a pair of free throws, and Gatens hit an easy layup off a Marble feed with eight seconds left to seal the victory.
“He’s a playmaker. He’s becoming somebody that really understands what that situation was and how to be successful,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said.
Minnesota (16-7, 4-6) lost despite shooting 10 of 19 from 3-point range. Ralph Sampson III had 13 to lead the Gophers, who lost for just the second time in six games.
“They made some clutch plays down the stretch and we didn’t. We had some breakdowns defensively in the last few minutes that really cost us dearly,” Minnesota coach Tubby Smith said.