Herd Able to Hold off Drive
GRAND RAPIDS - Jarvis Summers' three-pointer with 12 seconds remaining sealed a 91-86 win for the Wisconsin Herd (8-3) in their first ever meeting with the Grand Rapids Drive (6-9) on the road on Monday night. The Herd let the Drive back in the game after leading by as much as 17, as the Drive got back within two and needed just one more stop to earn a final attempt to tie or win the game. But Summers connected and handed the Drive their first loss in three games.
Xavier Munford scored 20 points in the first half for Wisconsin and finished just shy of a triple-double with 29 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. Cliff Alexander had a big game off the bench, scoring 20 points with seven rebounds and five steals. Summers had 14 points and six rebounds of his own off the bench, as he and Alexander were the only Herd bench players who scored, but they still outscored the Drive bench by a 34-17 tally.
Derek Willis had a season-high 24 points to go with 11 rebounds for the Drive, Dwight Buycks returned to the lineup and added 13 points, and Landry Nnoko grabbed 13 rebounds, five of those coming on the offensive end.
Wisconsin's defense was outstanding in the second quarter, holding the Drive to 12 points, their lowest tally in a single quarter all season, and outscoring them 32-12. The 17-point halftime lead ended up as the largest of the game for the Herd, as the Drive responded by holding them to 16 third-quarter points and getting back within striking distance, setting them up to potentially complete the comeback in the fourth, but they ended up just a bit short.
The Herd avoided fouling quite well, causing the Drive problems offensively. Grand Rapids attempted just eight free throws. The Herd did not do much better with 13 free throw attempts, but it was a close enough game that the few extra points ended up making a big difference. The Drive outrebounded Wisconsin 44-38, but hit just six three-pointers which tied a season low, which combined with the low free throw attempt rate made every point tough.
The Herd will square off at home against the Delaware 87ers on Wednesday for their next game. The Drive stay home and have a small break, next taking on Raptors 905 at the DeltaPlex on Friday.
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