Iowa Adds Firepower, Unable to Finish in Loss at Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, Calif. - The Iowa Wolves (0-4) dropped their fourth consecutive game to start the season Saturday night, falling to the Santa Cruz Warriors (4-0) 109-103 at the Kaiser Permanente Arena.
Joining the Wolves for their first road trip of the season were two-way players Jared Terrell and C.J. Williams. Minnesota Timberwolves 2018 second-round draft pick Keita Bates-Diop also appeared for Iowa after being assigned to the team earlier this afternoon.
Bates-Diop tied for a team-high, scoring 20 points in tonight's contest while shooting 8-of-18 from the floor, including 3-of-8 from deep. The Ohio State alum tallied his first NBA G League double-double, adding 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots to his stat line.
Terrell, earning his first start in the NBA G League, posted 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Williams led the Wolves bench, posting 17 points while connecting on three shots from long range.
A back-and-forth affair to begin the fourth quarter, Iowa let its lead slip away in the waning minutes. A made three-pointer by Kendrick Nunn with 29.4 seconds remaining gave Santa Cruz a 108-100 lead, putting the game out of reach.
Darious Johnson-Odom continued his torrid pace to start the season for Iowa, scoring at least 20 points in his fourth straight game (20). Johnson-Odom finished the night a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity stripe and added four rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Jonathan Stark finished with a season-high 19 points in a starting role for Iowa. The Murray State graduate also led the team in assists (8) and tied for a team-high with three three-pointers.
Iowa outshot its opponent from the three-point line and free throw line on the evening, shooting 36.4% (12-of-33) and 76.0% (19-of-25) respectively. However, the Warriors connected on twelve more shots from the field than the Wolves. Santa Cruz also outrebounded Iowa in the game by a margin of 21.
The Wolves continue their three-game road trip with a Monday night matchup against the South Bay Lakers at 9:00 p.m. CT.
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