Southaven, Miss. – The Memphis Hustle defeated the Grand Rapids Drive 109-93 Tuesday night on Hustle & Hounds Night at Landers Center, getting back in the win column after a pair of close losses. The Hustle evened its record back up at 6-6 and improved to 5-3 at home while the Drive move to 5-7.
Dusty Hannahs led the Hustle with a season-high 25 points in 24 minutes off the bench, shooting 10-of-16 from the field and 5-of-9 from three-point range. It marks his third straight game with at least 20 points and sixth straight game in double figures. Grizzlies assignee Ivan Rabb picked right back up where he left off last season, posting 21 points while grabbing 11 rebounds to go with seven assists. Two-way player D.J. Stephens (12 points), Markel Crawford (11 points) and Grizzlies assignee Jevon Carter (10 points, four steals) also scored in double figures.
The Drive also had a player score 25 points in a reserve role with two-way player Zach Lofton. He shot 11-of-20 from the field and posted five rebounds and five assists. Michael Bethea Jr. added 20 points of his own and knocked down five three-pointers (5-11 3P). Two-way player Keenan Evans (13 points), Scottie Lindsey (12 points) and Johnny Hamilton (11 points) each posted double digit efforts.
The Hustle began to take control of the game in the second quarter after falling behind 32-26 with 9:27 to go in the half. Over the next 7:18, Memphis went on a 22-2 run and held the Drive scoreless for 5:37 to eventually take a 50-41 lead into the break.
Memphis briefly built a double digit lead in the third quarter but the Drive wouldn’t go away, pulling within three (70-67) in the final minute of the period. The Hustle responded with a Casey three and a Hannahs buzzer-beater from halfcourt to close the quarter and extending its 10-0 run into the fourth quarter. Memphis would lead by as many as 17 and Grand Rapids wouldn’t break single digits the rest of the way.
The Hustle owned a decisive advantage on the glass (52-36) and doubled the Drive up in offensive boards (16-8). Additionally, the Memphis attack was much more fluid and the team assisted on 24 of its 42 made baskets after recording just 16 assists in each of the previous two games.
The Hustle return to Landers Center on Friday, December 7 at 7 p.m. against the Iowa Wolves. Tickets are still available starting at $10 and fans wishing to attend can purchase tickets at ticketmaster.com, the Landers Center Box Office, online at MemphisHustle.com or by calling (901) 888-HOOP