NIT ACCtion: Tuesday, April 2

April 3, 2013

Maryland Falls To Iowa In NIT Semifinal, 71-60

NEW YORK (AP) - Devyn Marble had 21 points and nine rebounds to help Iowa reach the NIT championship for the first time with a 71-60 win over Maryland on Tuesday night.

Iowa (25-12), which has recovered from a rocky start to its Big Ten season, won for the 11th time in 14 games. Eric May finished with 12 points, his last on a big 3-pointer with 1:01 to play that iced it for the Hawkeyes, who laid the foundation for a future Big Ten rivalry with Maryland, which is set to join the conference starting in 2014.

Alex Len had 16 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots for Maryland (25-13). Nick Faust added 14 points.

Iowa took an early 14-point lead in the first half, but couldn't put Maryland away until just a few minutes remained, despite 17 turnovers by the Terrapins.

The Terrapins cut Iowa's lead to 49-45 with about 11 minutes to play, but the Hawkeyes responded with a 7-0 run before Maryland converted a three-point play to make it 56-48 with under 7 minutes left.