For the first time in their first-year venture into NCAA division I athletics, the ACU Wildcats were completely outplayed on both ends of the floor for 40 minutes as the powerful Iowa Hawkeyes whipped a tired ACU team, 103-41, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Unlike their first three games when the Wildcats played well in different aspects or played well for at least one half, ACU was completely dominated from start to finish by the Hawkeyes, who won 25 games last season and have high expectations for the 2013-14 season.
Roy Devyn Marble -- the son of former Iowa great Roy Marble -- led all scorers with 27 points, 22 of them coming in the decisive first half. Marble, who barely played in the second half, hit 9 of 13 shots (3 of 6 from 3-point range and was 6 of 6 from the free throw line.
The Hawkeyes had three other players finish in double figures led by Peter Jok's 15 points off the bench. Marble scored 15 of Iowa’s first 17 points as Iowa turned an 8-7 lead early in the first half into a 23-7 advantage with 11:31 to play, thanks to a 15-0 run.
ACU – playing its fourth game in four different states and two different time zones in the last eight days – actually cut that advantage down to 31-19, thanks a jumper from Harrison Hawkins and back-to-back buckets from LaDarrien Williams. The Hawkeyes, however, closed the half on a 15-3 run to carry a 46-22 lead into the halftime lockerroom. The Wildcats would never get closer than the 24-point deficit as Iowa posted the fourth-largest margin of victory in program history.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Wildcats' 62-point loss is the worst loss in the 91-plus years of basketball at ACU, topping the 127-76 loss (51 points) the winless 1990-91 team suffered against West Texas A&M in the Lone Star Conference Post-Season Tournament.
Junior guards LaDarrien Williams (12 points) and Harrison Hawkins (10 points) were the only two Wildcats in double figures in points as ACU shot just 25.9 percent from the field (14 of 54), including 3 of 23 from 3-point range (13.0 percent).
The Hawkeyes – one of the top-scoring teams in the country – shot 62.3 percent from the field (38 of 61), including 42.9 percent from 3-point range (9 of 21). This marked the second straight game Iowa has scored over 100 points. The Hawkeyes have scored 82 points or more in each game this season.
The Wildcats (0-4) will be back in action Tuesday at 7 p.m. when take on TCU in Fort Worth at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in a game that can be seen on Fox Sports Southwest Plus.
Information provided by ACU athletics department.