Marble scores 30, Iowa beats Northern Iowa 80-73

Marble scores 30, Iowa beats Northern Iowa 80-73
December 15, 2012, 4:56 pm
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Northern Iowa guard Anthony James, center, loses the ball between Iowa's Eric May, left, and Gabriel Olaseni, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Devyn Marble scored a season-high 30 points as Iowa beat Northern Iowa 80-73 Saturday in the inaugural Big Four Classic.

Freshman Mike Gesell added a career-best 23 points for the Hawkeyes (9-2), who have won four in a row after a brief two-game skid in late November.

Iowa buried a season-high nine 3-pointers in the first half alone, jumping ahead 40-32. The Panthers stayed within a few possessions for much of the second half but couldn't quite erase Iowa's lead.

Deon Mitchell had 23 points to lead Northern Iowa (6-4), whose losses have come against Louisville, Stanford, Memphis and the Hawkeyes.