Iowa 80, N. Iowa 73

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.