|Date of game: 3/18/2012
Recap: Oregon vs. Iowa
Eugene, OR (Sports Network) - E.J. Singler scored 25 points and Olu Ashaolu added 22 to lead the third-seeded Oregon Ducks to a 108-97 triumph over the seventh-seeded Iowa Hawkeyes in the second round of the National Invitational Tournament at Matthew Knight Arena.
Also in double figures for Oregon (24-9) was Carlos Emory who had 19 points and Garrett Sim and Devoe Joseph who each put in 15 while the latter also handed out eight assists. The Ducks will face Pac-12 rival, and top-seed Washington in the NIT quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Iowa (18-17) was led by the hot shooting of Roy Devyn Marble who scored 31 points including an impressive 7-of-8 from three point range. Aaron White scored 22 points and brought down eight rebounds, Melsahn Basabe netted 17 points and Bryce Cartwright finished with a double-double of 12 points and 10 assists.
Iowa controlled most of the first half and led by as many as 15 in the period. The Hawkeyes didn't seem to miss especially from three point range where they went 8-for-12 in the first period while shooting 54.1 percent overall. Oregon hung around and finished the half on a 9-2 run and trailed only 51-47 at intermission.
In the second half Iowa cooled off considerably connecting on just 40.5 percent of its shots including 2-of-10 from three point range. On the other side it was Oregon's turn to heat up as the Ducks knocked down and incredible 72.0 percent of their shots in the second half including 7-of-11 from three point range.
Iowa won the battle of the boards by a 36-32 margin and outscored the Ducks 20-10 on second chance points by pulling in 18 offensive rebounds. Oregon handed out 26 assists as a team and blocked seven shots.Game Notes