Niowa 73
Iowa 80
Date of game: 12/15/2012

Recap: Iowa vs. Northern Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa (Sports Network) - Roy Devyn Marble scored 30 points to lead the Iowa Hawkeyes to a 80-73 victory over their in-state foes the Northern Iowa Panthers in part of the Hy-Vee Big Four Classic.

Marble was 6-of-14 from the field, making four three-point attempts, but tallied 14 points from the free-throw line for the Hawkeyes (9-2), who have now won four in a row. Mike Gesell added 23 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Eric May came off the bench to dish out a game-high total of seven assists.

Deon Mitchell was 9-of-14 from the field, scoring 23 points as the Panthers (6-4) saw their three-game winning steak come to an end. Seth Tuttle scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds while Anthony James added 15 points.

Iowa led 40-32 at halftime after shooting 48.1 percent from the field and making good on 9-of-16 three-point attempts.

The second half saw UNI outscore the Hawkeyes 41-40, as they improved their shooting by nearly 20 percent from the first half, but it was not enough to overcome their early deficit.

Iowa's bench supplied a strong boost, tallying 19 points while the Panthers bench contributed just five points total.

Game Notes

Mountain West teams have edge in early bowl matchups

The Mountain West Conference has struggled in bowl games the last two years with a 6-7 record both straight up and against the spread. However, five of those 13 games were against Pac-12 teams.

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