NEWARK, DE – December 9, 2015 – The Delaware 87ers defeated the Fort Wayne Mad Ants 128-124 in triple overtime on Wednesday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Continuing on his hot season for Delaware (5-5), guard Sean Kilpatrick dropped 45 points – an NBA Development League season-high and also a career-high – on 12-of-18 shooting and 15-of-16 from the line in 87ers’ win. Philadelphia 76ers assignee Christian Wood chipped in 22 points and 12 rebounds off the bench, while Jordan McRae notched a double-double with 22 points and 10 assists.
Fort Wayne (7-4) was led by a pair of Syracuse alums, as CJ Fair and Rakeem Christmas each scored 25 points in the loss – Christmas also added 10 boards. Big man Shayne Whittington put up 17 points and 15 rebounds, and Walter Lemon Jr. contributed 20 points and four assists off the bench.
The 87ers knocked in 10-of-12 shots from the free throw line in the first quarter, but the teams ended the opening period tied at 29.
In the second quarter, the Mad Ants were able hit 12-of-25 field goal attempts on their way to a 56-50 advantage going into halftime.
Kilpatrick scored 13 points in the third quarter, shooting a perfect three-of-three from deep, which gave the 87ers a 79-78 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Fair’s three-point buzzer beater with .4 seconds left tied the game at 106, and forced the outcome to be decided in overtime. The three overtime periods ties an NBA D-League record for most quarters played to decide a game.
Wood was clutch during the three overtime periods, knocking down all four shots he took to add 10 points, a team-high during the overtime periods.