Des Moines, Iowa — The Iowa Wolves (1-0) picked up their first win in team history Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena, defeating the Lakeland Magic (0-1) 96-92 in front of an announced crowd of 4,328.
Affiliate player Melo Trimble led all players in scoring on the night, racking up 26 points (9-22) and a team-high seven assists while guiding the Wolves to victory.
Anthony Brown poured in 25 points on 9-20 shooting, including a team-high three, 3-pointers made. The first two-way player in Wolves history logged a game-high 45 minutes of action.
Despite trailing for the first 42 minutes and as many as 14 points in the game, the Wolves took off in the final period of play, using a 19-9 run to take the lead with 6:05 minutes remaining. Iowa outscored Lakeland 29-18 in the final period.
As a team, the Wolves shot a respectable 39% (9-23) from deep and 75% (21-28) from the free throw line.
Amile Jefferson recorded his first double-double of the season for Iowa, picking up 11 points and a game-high 21 rebounds before leaving the game in the fourth with an apparent injury.
Affiliate player Rodney Purvis paced the Magic in the team’s inaugural game, scoring 20 points (9-22). Four starters for Lakeland scored in double digits, including two (Troy Caupain and Khem Birch) who finished with a double-double.
The Wolves take to the road for three away games next week before returning home on Wednesday, Nov 15 at 7:00 p.m against the South Bay Lakers.