Wolves' Rally Falls Short in Austin
Cedar Park, Texas - The Iowa Wolves (18-15) rallied from 20 points down in the fourth quarter before falling to the Austin Spurs (23-13), 114-112, Thursday morning at the H-E-B Center.
After an Amile Jefferson putback with 33.9 seconds remaining in regulation tied things at 111-111, Austin broke the deadlock the next possession with a Nick Johnson three-pointer. The Spurs intentionally fouled on the ensuing possession, putting Jefferson on the line with 1.4 seconds on the clock. The former Blue Devil made the front end of the pair before being called for a lane violation on the second shot, ending any hopes of a comeback.
The Wolves outscored the Spurs 34-16 in the final 12 minutes but were unable to overcome a 20-point deficit accumulated through the first three quarters of play.
Amile Jefferson finished with a team-high 23 points and 17 rebounds in rout to his league-leading 24th double-double of the season. The two-way forward shot 10-of-14 from the floor in the team's first loss to Austin this season.
Two-way guard Anthony Brown added 18 points in 27 minutes of action while shooting 7-of-11 from the field. Brown also knocked down a team-high three three-pointers.
All five starters finished in double-figures for the Wolves for the third straight game.
Elijah Millsap carried Iowa into halftime, recording all of his 14 total points in the first half. Millsap has scored in double figures in each of his last four games while shooting 13-of-20 (65.0%) from deep.
Minnesota Timberwolves first round draft pick Justin Patton continued his recent scoring surge, finishing with 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting.
Jaron Blossomgame and Livio Jean-Charles paced Austin scoring 23 points apiece. The Spurs shot 57.3% from the field, just missing out on a new season-high.
Iowa travels to Rio Grande Valley to finish its back-to-back tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m.
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