FT. WAYNE, Ind. — Jamaal Franklin returned from the Memphis Grizzlies to score 31 points and dish out 11 assists Saturday as the Mad Ants whipped the visiting Energy 133-113 on the strength of four players with double-doubles.
The Energy (21-13) started the game slowly, and never recovered. Fort Wayne led 29-23 after the first quarter.
Ron Howard scored 26 points for Ft. Wayne, and he wasn’t even one of the four Mad Ants (23-14) with a double-double. Will Frisby had 17 points and 11 rebounds, Tony Mitchell went for 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Sadiel Rojas had 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Mad Ants outscored the Energy 38-28 in the second quarter, and took a 67-51 lead into the half.
The third quarter, Iowa made a run. A 24-8 run tied the game at 75 with 5:07 to play in the quarter after Iowa’s Curtis Stinson hit a jump shot. The Mad Ants then went on a 18-10 run to give them the 93-85 lead heading into the final quarter.
Outscoring the Energy 40-28 in the fourth, Fort Wayne came away with the 133-113 victory to improve to 23-14 on the season. Iowa falls to 21-13 on the year.
Iowa was led by Othyus Jeffers, who ended the night with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Moses Ehambe had 18 points. Stinson finished with 17 points.