OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 31, 2018 – The Oklahoma City Blue (19-14) defeated the Iowa Wolves (17-14), 111-97, on Wednesday night.
Down 48-49 just before halftime, the Blue went on a 15-2 run to start the third quarter to go up by double digits in less than three minutes of play. Oklahoma City got up to its biggest lead of 17 points late in the third quarter (82-65) and remained ahead the remainder of the game, ending with a 14-point advantage.
“I was pleased with how we played tonight,” said Head Coach Mark Daigneault. “I thought we stubbed our toe a little bit in the second quarter and we really got back on track coming out of halftime. I thought it was balanced effort. The guys defended, shared the ball, and executed offensively. I thought it was a good win.”
Iowa was the first to score, but Oklahoma City was quick to respond, going on an 11-3 run early on in the first quarter to pull ahead. The Blue went up by as many as 12 points in the second quarter, but the Wolves battled back, pulling ahead 47-46 just before halftime.
There were seven Oklahoma City players in double figures. Two-way player Daniel Hamilton was the leading scorer for the Blue posting a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Rashawn Thomas was close behind with 21 points, six rebounds, six assists and two blocks.
Fellow two-way player PJ Dozier notched 17 points and five rebounds while Michael Cobbins went 6-for-7 from the field to tally 12 points and seven rebounds.
Elijah Millsap of the Wolves was one rebound away from a double-double, setting a new career high with 30 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the floor and 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc while tacking on nine rebounds.
The Blue will return to action this Friday, Feb. 2, taking on the Sioux Falls Skyforce at 7 p.m. at Sanford Pentagon.