CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Roy Devyn Marble scored 24 points and Iowa ended Virginia’s 19-game home winning streak with a 75-64 men’s college basketball victory in the NIT quarterfinals Wednesday night, earning the Hawkeyes a trip to Madison Square Garden.
Marble’s 3-pointer with 13:02 to play gave Iowa (24-12) a 42-41 lead and sparked a 19-5 run that featured six points inside from Adam Woodbury and 3-pointers by Josh Oglesby and Zach McCabe. McCabe’s finished the run, putting the Hawkeyes ahead 58-46 with 5:18 to play.
Justin Anderson scored a career-high 24 points to lead Virginia (23-12), but the Cavaliers had no answer once the Hawkeyes took charge.
“It means a lot,” Marble said about playing in New York. “It’s Mecca. It’s going to be dope to play there.”
McCabe and 7-foot-1 Adam Woodbury added 10 points each for the Hawkeyes, who were 2-8 on the road coming in. The victory before an enthusiastic crowd on 11,141 at John Paul Jones Arena showed a signed a maturity, Woodbury said.
“Now let’s go win two more,” Woodbury, only a freshman, said.
He had a lot to do with why they managed to hand the Cavaliers (23-12) their first home loss in 20 games, scoring three baskets inside during the decisive run and reaching double figures for only the second time in his past 27 games.
Justin Anderson hit five 3-pointers, scored a career-high 24 points and had five blocks and three steals to lead Virginia and fellow freshman Mike Tobey added 15 points and three blocks, but the Cavaliers had no answer for the Hawkeyes’ run.
“Tonight was probably the biggest game I’ve played in all year,” Anderson said.
BYU 79, Southern Miss 62: In Hattiesburg, Miss., Brock Zylstra’s fifth 3-pointer of the first half swished through the net and BYU’s bench broke out in wild cheers.
The 6-foot-6 guard is usually an afterthought in the Cougars’ prolific offense, but he was impossible to miss on Wednesday, helping BYU easily beat Southern Miss.
Tyler Haws led the Cougars with 25 points, but it was Zylstra’s 23 points — including 18 in the first half — that sparked BYU (24-11). The senior was 7-of-12 from the field, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range. He came into the game averaging 7.3 points.
“You have Tyler and Brandon (Davies), they get a lot of attention,” Zylstra said. “I was the beneficiary of that. Just standing on the outside and they started falling. After a while, I wanted them to give me the ball every time.”
Southern Miss (27-10) lost for just the second time in two seasons at Reed Green Coliseum. The Golden Eagles were led by Daveon Boardingham’s 18 points while Jerrold Brooks added 13.
Southern Miss shot just 21-of-63 (33.3 percent) from the field, and its zone defense couldn’t contain BYU. The Cougars shot 11-of-27 (40.7 percent) from 3-point range.
Davies scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead a BYU frontcourt that outmuscled Southern Miss. The Cougars had a 47-42 rebounding advantage.
Baylor 79, Providence 68: In Waco, Texas, Pierre Jackson had 20 points and 13 assists in his final home game for Baylor.
Cory Jefferson added 26 points and Rico Gathers had 10 rebounds for the Bears (21-14), who go to the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden for the second time in four years. They play BYU (24-11) on Tuesday.
Providence (19-15) had three 20-point scorers: Bryce Cotton with 23, Vincent Council 21 and Kadeem Batts 20. Only one other player scored for the Friars, who got to quarterfinal with a win over Robert Morris, the team that beat Kentucky in the first round.
Baylor went ahead to stay when Cory Jefferson had a dunk with 8:11 left for a 60-59 lead. That started a 7-0 run over 71 seconds that Jefferson capped with a three-point play.