EL SEGUNO, Calif. — The Iowa Wolves (14-11) led for all but the opening minute in the team’s 123-89 rout of the South Bay Lakers (16-11) Wednesday night in El Segundo, Calif.
The 34-point margin against South Bay was the widest margin of victory for Iowa this season and also marked the first win at the UCLA Health Training Center in team history.
Tonight’s win kept the Lakers from sweeping the season series after South Bay took the first two contests in Iowa during the month of November.
Elijah Millsap had a game-high 23 points off the bench for Iowa to go along with three assists. The former UAB Blazer finished with a season-high five three-pointers made (5-of-7).
Eight players scored in double figures for the Wolves in the win.
Amile Jefferson saw his double-double streak extend to eight games, recording 22 points and a game-high 15 rebounds while shooting an efficient 10-of-12 from the field. Jefferson also added six assists and three steals to his stat line.
The Wolves started the game on a 23-9 run in the opening seven minutes and wouldn’t look back, outscoring their opponent in each quarter of play.
Defensively, the Wolves held one of the league’s best-shooting teams (49.0% entering tonight’s game) to 37.6% from the floor, their worst performance this season.
Minnesota Timberwolves first round draft pick Justin Patton recorded a team-high seven assists, setting a new career-high in the category. Patton also registered 10 points, five rebounds, two steals and three blocked shots in the victory.
Two-way guard Anthony Brown added 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting while backup guards Wes Washpun and Marquise Moore each finished in double figures with 10 points apiece.