The Memphis Hustle couldn’t complete another large comeback and fell 109-98 to the Iowa Wolves Tuesday morning at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.
With a one-point lead at 13-12 with 7:19 remaining in the first quarter, the Wolves went on an 18-0 run over the next 4:34 to gain a 19-point lead and would eventually extend the lead to as many as 26.
The Hustle cut the lead to as little as six with 3:12 remaining in the game, however, but couldn’t complete the comeback this time. Iowa shot 61.9 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from beyond the arc while knocking down 11-of-12 free throw attempts.
The Hustle also committed nine turnovers that led to 17 Iowa points. Omari Johnson led the Hustle in scoring with 25 points, knocking down six three-pointers to go with six rebounds. Shaquille Thomas posted career highs in points (22) and field goals (9) while tying career highs in rebounds (7) and three-pointers (2). Marquis Teague (12 points) and Durand Scott (10 points) also reached double figures while Austin Nichols (10 rebounds) had his third game with 10-or-more rebounds and his sixth straight game with multiple blocks (4). Elijah Millsap scored 21 of his game-high 26 points in the first half and knocked down 12-of-15 free throw attempts to lead the Iowa Wolves.
Amile Jefferson scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half while grabbing 11 rebounds and Melo Trimble had a productive morning, scoring 19 points to go with nine rebounds and six assists.
The Hustle return home on Friday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. when the team takes on the Agua Caliente Clippers on Faith and Family Night, presented by Belhaven University, at Landers Center.