Tight Defense Helps the Iowa Energy Beat Grand Rapids, 94-74
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Iowa Energy's stingy defense held the Grand Rapids Drive without a field goal for the first 10 minutes of the third quarter on Saturday night.
Andrew Harrison scored a team-high 21 points as the Energy beat the Grand Rapids Drive 94-74 in front of a packed house of 5,256 fans at the DeltaPlex Arena.
Iowa, the affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies, improves to 17-19 and has won three of its last four games. Grand Rapids, whose parent team is the Detroit Pistons, falls to 17-19. The 74 points are the fewest the Drive has scored this season.
Harrison, a 6-foot-6 guard out of Kentucky, was 8-of-13 from the field, including three 3-pointers. He was followed by Jarrell Martin (18), Terry Whisnant (15) and Patrick Christopher (10). Ty Walker finished with eight points and 12 rebounds.
Henry Sims had his 11th double-double of the season for the Drive. He had 14 points and 14 rebounds before fouling out with 2 minutes left in the game. Devin Ebanks led Grand Rapids with 22 points. He was followed by Kelsey Barlow and Gary Talton with 12 points each. Ismael Romero didn't score but had 10 rebounds.
Iowa held Grand Rapids scoreless for the first 5:15 of the third quarter and without a field goal for the first 9:58 of the quarter until Ralston Turner hit a 3-pointer.
Iowa went on a 14-0 run midway through the second quarter and led 50-42 at halftime. Harrison had 13 points at the break for the Energy.
The Drive made their first 22 straight free throws before Dahntay Jones missed one in the fourth quarter. They finished 24-of-26 from the line for 92.9 percent, which is a season high.
Drive players wore special camouflage jerseys to honor current and former members of the United States military.
Iowa continues its four-game road trip on Sunday when it travels to Fort Wayne for a 4 p.m. EST game. Grand Rapids' next game is an afternoon affair. It will host the Rio Grand Valley Vipers on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
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