DES MOINES, Iowa, Feb. 5, 2019 – The Oklahoma City Blue (25-10) fell to the Iowa Wolves (12-23), 132-106, on Tuesday afternoon.
After a handful of lead changes to start the game, the Blue gained the edge in the first frame, going up by as many as nine in the quarter and heading into the second with a 35-28 advantage. The Wolves narrowed the gap in the second quarter, but the Blue still held a slim 65-63 lead as the teams headed into the break thanks to 13 first-half points from Dez Wells, who finished with a bench-leading 15.
Out of the break, Oklahoma City went back up by as many as seven points before Iowa went on a 24-6 run midway through the third powered by nine points from Darius Odom-Johnson. The Wolves ended the quarter with a 100-89 edge and the Blue were then unable to cut into the deficit in the final frame. Another 12-2 run by the Wolves to put the game out of reach as Iowa outscored Oklahoma City 69-41 in the second half.
Odom-Johnson scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half of play, but two-way player Jared Terrell led the Wolves with 25 points on 11-for-17 shooting.
Scotty Hopson was nearly perfect, going 11-for-12 en route to a team-leading 24 points, four rebounds and five assists, not missing a single attempt until midway through the fourth quarter. Two-way player Donte Grantham and Richard Solomon each turned in 13 points and eight rebounds with Grantham tacking on four assists and Solomon going 5-of-8 from the floor.
There were seven Oklahoma City players in double figures and the team dished out 25 assists to Iowa’s 19, but the Blue was outshot 48.6 percent to 28.1 percent from beyond the arc.
Up next, the Blue will travel to Austin to take on the Spurs on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. inside H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.