Iowa Defeats Central Arkansas 105-64


December 20th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — In what’s often been a trying stretch for Iowa, the Hawkeyes finally got to clear out the bench and savor an easy victory. Devyn Marble had 19 points and six assists, freshman Aaron White added 17 points and Iowa pounded Central Arkansas 105-64 on Monday night. Melsahn Basabe had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Hawkeyes (7-5), who cracked the 100-point barrier for just the second time under coach Fran McCaffery.

Iowa opened the game with a 24-5 run and led by 13 at halftime despite five 3-pointers from Central Arkansas’s Dewan Clayborn. The Hawkeyes pushed their lead to 75-46 with 12 minutes remaining and cruised to back-to-back victories for the first time in a month. Clayborn had 18 points to lead the Bears (5-5), who’ve dropped two in a row after winning five straight. Central Arkansas never led, but it briefly scared the Hawkeyes with a pair of runs late in the first half. This was the fourth win by 20 points or more this season for Iowa, which has shown signs of progress since a disheartening 0-2 road trip against rivals Northern Iowa and Iowa State.