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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Iowa called the right play, isolated the right defender and had the right amount of time on the shot clock. But none of it mattered when the shot didn't fall.
With the score tied late in regulation, Iowa guard Devyn Marble found himself one-on-one against Purdue's Ronnie Johnson. Marble's floater with three seconds left failed to fall, sending the game into overtime. The Boilermakers then scored on six of their eight overtime possessions to beat the Hawkeyes 65-62 Sunday at Mackey Arena.
Iowa battled from an 11-point deficit with 8 minutes left in the game to take its first lead at 51-50 with 2:57 left. Iowa extended it to 53-30 on an Aaron White jumper but Purdue rallied to tie the game at 54-54 on a drive from Ronnie Johnson with 33.3 seconds left.
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery called timeout and designed a play to isolate 6-foot-7 Marble on 6-foot Ronnie Johnson. Iowa guard Mike Gesell, who scored a game-high 18 points, had drawn Terone Johnson -- Purdue's best defender -- so McCaffery wanted Marble to attack Ronnie Johnson near the buzzer.
Marble drove on the right side of the basket and floated a shot with three seconds left. Marble had the chance to take it up strong but thought Purdue would send a help defender into his path. So he compensated and left the shot long.
"I thought it was still going to go in, though, maybe a bounce off the back rim and then go in," Marble said. "I thought somebody was rotating over; that's why I shot the floater in the first place."
At about one second left, Iowa forward Melsahn Basabe tipped the ball toward the rim as time expired.
"I hit it, but I just wished I would have dunked it in," Basabe said. "I was just trying to get it off my hand because I didn't think there was a lot of time. Maybe if I would have dunked it in, I might have ran out of time, but at least it would have made them look at it."
"That was a nice play by Mel," McCaffery said. "I thought he had it."
"We got a stop that was crucial at the end," said Purdue guard D.J. Byrd. "It comes with a little bit of luck because they didn't get that tip-in."
Iowa matched Purdue score-for-score on its first three overtime possessions, but Purdue went on a 6-0 run late to lead 65-59 before a Aaron White 3-pointer at the buzzer clinched the final margin. But the game was far from flashy in the early going.
The Hawkeyes were horrendous offensively for most of the game, sinking just seven of their first 40 shots. Then the team warmed up, making seven of eight during a four-minute stretch. Iowa ended shooting 31.1 percent from the floor.
"Early in the game I thought we shot some contested shots, and that's unfortunate," McCaffery said. "That sometimes is a reason you get started sort of sideways on offense.
"We're just not shooting the ball right now."
Iowa (13-7, 2-5 Big Ten) has lost 11 of 12 to Purdue (11-9, 4-3) and six in a row at Mackey Arena.
"It's real frustrating especially because we worked hard to get into the game," Marble said.