'Nova Overcomes Iowa

Iowa built a big lead it carried into the second half Saturday night in the Battle 4 Atlantis Championship game but the Hawkeyes couldn't hold off Villanova, falling 88-83 in overtime.

Iowa found a way to overcome a large deficit in defeating Xavier Thanksgiving night in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Saturday evening, unranked Villanova showed the No. 23 Hawkeyes what it feels like to be on the wrong end of a comeback.

The Wildcats overcame a 12-point deficit with 11 minutes left in regulation en route to a 88-83 overtime victory against Iowa in the tournament's title game.

''We've got to give them credit,'' Iowa senior Roy Devyn Marble said. ''They came out in the second half, made the adjustments and made the winning plays.''

Marble paced the Hawkeyes (7-1) with 24 points on 8 of 23 shooting from the floor. He was joined on the all-tournament team by classmate Zach McCabe, who scored 14 points off of the bench. Mike Gesell scored 10 in the losing effort.

It turned out to be a tough night for Iowa junior Aaron White, who took a knee to the right eye and then was poked in the left eye in the first half making him look like he'd been on the wrong end of a couple right hooks. He only took four shots in 30 minutes and scored nine points, four below is average, before fouling out in overtime.

Villanova (7-0) outrebounded the Hawkeyes, 39-29, including 12-6 on the offensive glass. The Wildcats held a 17-6 advantage on second-chance points.

Iowa returns to action Tuesday night against Notre Dame (8:15 p.m. CT, ESPN2) in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Please listen to Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery and Marble after the game in this audio file from their post-game press conference.


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