Iowa Wolves defeat Hustle 117-102

Photo: Cameron Young (pictured) and Freddie Gillespie led the Memphis Hustle in scoring against Iowa Thursday night. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County Sports)

The Memphis Hustle, the Grizzlies’ NBA G League affiliate, fell 117-102 to the Iowa Wolves on Thursday night at Wells Fargo Arena.

Isaiah Briscoe totaled a game-high 23 points (7-13 FG) with five assists off the bench for the Wolves. McKinley Wright IV added 18 points and four rebounds and Jordy Tshimanga tallied 17 points and seven rebounds. Vincent Edwards posted a double-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.

The Wolves shot 54 percent from the floor and 45 percent from 3-point range while knocking down a season high 17 three-pointers.

Cameron Young and Freddie Gillespie each scored 16 points to pace Memphis. Darnell Cowart totaled 15 points (4-6 FG, 3-3 3P) and five rebounds. Ahmad Caver finished one point shy of a triple-double with 10 rebounds, 14 assists and nine points.   

Memphis extended its lead to nine points (88-79) with 11:11 to play in the fourth quarter, however, Iowa scored 36 of the next 47 points take a commanding 16-point lead. The Wolves outscored the Hustle 40-19 in the fourth quarter, including 24-6 from behind the 3-point line. Briscoe scored 14 of his 23 points in the final 11:30 to help Iowa complete the comeback.

The Hustle led by as many as 13 points in the first half and shot 44 percent from 3. Cowart led all scorers with 13 points and connected on all three 3-point attempts in the first half. 

Memphis scored a season-high 29 points on 24 forced turnovers, but Iowa’s 56 percent shooting in the second half was too much to overcome.

The Hustle continue their six-game road trip at Sioux Falls on Saturday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. CT. Fans can catch the game on NBAGLeague.com.

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Bob Bakken

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