Early struggles prove costly for Hustle in Iowa, comeback falls short

By Geoff Langham | February 6, 2018

The Memphis Hustle couldn’t complete another large comeback and fell 109-98 to the Iowa Wolves Tuesday morning at Wells Fargo Arena. 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.

Box Score

Iowa shot 61.9 percent (13-21 FG) from the field and 50.0 percent (4-8 3P) from beyond the arc while knocking down 11-of-12 (91.7 percent) 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, 4-7 3P) 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. Additionally, Amile Jefferson scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half while grabbing 11 rebounds. Melo Trimble had a productive morning, scoring 19 points to go with nine rebounds and six assists. Marquise Moore (12 points) and Timberwolves assignee Justin Patton (11 points) also reached double digits.

The Hustle return home on Friday, February 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. Tickets are still available and start for as low as $10. Fans can purchase tickets at all Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com, the Landers Center Box Office, online at MemphisHustle.com or by calling (901) 888-Hoop.