Thomas and Hall Shine in Drive Victory
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Drive (22-15) topped the Suns (8-28) after an impressive second half that led to a final score of 127-104. After getting assigned by the Pistons earlier today in a rehab stint, Khyri Thomas didn't miss a beat as he led the Drive to an easy win by tallying up a team-high 27 points, shooting 58% (7-12) from the three-point line, in addition to 7 rebounds.
Drive big man Donta Hall wasted no time dominating the court tonight by earning an impressive double-double with 22 points and 19 total rebounds, with 11 coming on the offensive end, in addition to 3 blocks. Hall earned his double-double just two minutes into the second quarter, with a foundation of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Adam Woodbury added another 17 points and 6 rebounds to the stat line off the bench. Khalil Iverson contributed 10 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds. Pistons two-way player Louis King matched Iverson's 10 points with 4 rebounds and assists of his own. Guard Tra-Deon Hollins was just short of a double-double, earning 9 points and 9 assists.
The Suns were led by Notre Dame product Matt Farrell who racked up 19 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds. Ike Nwamu followed up with 13 points. Other Suns players in double figures were Ahmed Hill (12 points, 2 rebounds & 2 assists), Aaron Epps (11 points & 3 rebounds), Trayvon Palmer (10 points & 4 rebounds) and Keljin Blevins (10 points & 6 rebounds).
The Drive dominated the Suns after turning up the intensity in the second half, resulting in the home team controlling the pace of the game. Grand Rapids proved themselves as one of the best defensive teams in league by earning 56 rebounds compared to 37 for the Suns. The Drive's intensity was also unmatched on offense, which caused the home team to hustle up 44 second-chance points against just four points by the Suns. Additionally, the Drive took control in the paint and attacked the basket, adding 60 points to the stat line, topping the Suns' 40 points.
Northern Arizona will be back in action tomorrow afternoon against the Windy City Bulls. Tip-off is at 4 p.m. local time. The Drive will head to Wisconsin to get ready to face off with the league's top team Herd Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. local time.
Highlights:Full Game >>> https://bit.ly/2HHchG1
Box Score >>> http://on.nba.com/2v6YfdT
Khyri Thomas (27pts, 7reb & 7 3PM) >>> https://bit.ly/38PnKzb
Donta Hall (22pts, 19reb & 3blk) >>> https://bit.ly/32ecdHc
Adam Woodbury (17pts & 6reb) >>> https://bit.ly/2VcW2rW
Khalil Iverson (10pts, 6ast & 4reb) >>> https://bit.ly/32h8Hvv
Louis King (10pts, 4reb & 4ast) >>> https://bit.ly/39VAhkO
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