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Second Half Woes Snap Hustle Winning Streak

February 13, 2019 - NBA G League (G League) - Memphis Hustle News Release

Southaven, Miss. - The Memphis Hustle (20-17) had its three-game winning streak snapped by the Iowa Wolves (15-24) with a 136-116 loss at Landers Center Wednesday night. The Wolves outscored Memphis 73-54 in the second half and their 136 points mark a season-high for any Hustle opponent. Iowa won the regular season series 3-1.

Both teams struggled out of the gate, with neither club shooting above 40 percent in the opening frame and combining for 12 turnovers in the game's first nine minutes. However, things picked up in the next frame, with both teams shooting above 60 percent from the field (Memphis, 61.9 percent; Iowa, 62.5 percent) and playing through six ties and six lead changes to a 63-62 advantage for Iowa at the break.

Iowa mainly pulled away in the third quarter, scoring 43 points and shooting 16-of-22 (.727) from the field while Memphis shot just 37.0 percent (10-27 FG) and trailed by 15 (106-91) heading into the final frame. The Wolves' lead peaked at 25.

Tyler Harvey led the Hustle in scoring for the for the 11th time this season with 21 points to go with six assists and four rebounds. Tarik Phillip (15 points, 10 rebounds) had his third double-double of the season to go with five assists and three steals. Dusty Hannahs and Markel Crawford contributed 13 points each off the bench.

Former Hustle guard and current Nuggets two-way player Brandon Goodwin approached triple-double territory with 25 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. Darius Johnson-Odom led all scorers with 38 points, a season-high for any Hustle opponent, on 13-of-18 shooting (4-8 3P). Jonathan Stark added 22 points off the bench to go with six assists and five rebounds.

The Hustle return to Landers Center on Wednesday, February 20 at 7 p.m. to take on the Salt Lake City Stars. Tickets are still available starting at $10 each 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.


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