GRAND RAPIDS, Iowa — The Grand Rapids Drive (13-12) set a new franchise scoring record in their 142-100 win over the Wisconsin Herd (15-9) on Friday night. The 142 points bested the previous record of 140 from their inaugural 2014-15 season. The Drive’s 33 assists as a team was also a new franchise record.
Eight of nine dressed Drive players scored in at least double figures. KJ McDaniels and Marcus Thornton combined for 50 points off the bench, as Thornton had a game-high 26 points and McDaniels provided 24 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Jamel Morris also scored 24 points for Grand Rapids and Landry Nnoko had 16 points and 16 rebounds.
Speedy Smith also came close to notching his second double-double of the season, finishing with 11 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists.
Chris McCullough provided 20 points, 10 rebounds and five steals to lead the Herd despite coming off the bench. Cameron Oliver chipped in 17 points and Xavier Munford had a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists.
Unsurprisingly, the Drive also set numerous season bests on their way to the franchise records. They shot 57 percent (58-of-101) from the field, had 57 team rebounds and made 21 three-pointers. They also set new standards for first quarter points (40), first half points (73), fourth quarter points (45) and second half points (69). Grand Rapids led by as many as 44 points and scored 64 points in the paint, going a blistering 32-of-43 in the paint for the game.
The Drive improved to 8-5 at home, winning their second game in a row. The Herd did manage to score 36 third-quarter points and outscore the Drive by 12 during that frame, but they never led. The loss ended a three-game win streak and dropped their away record to 8-5.