GRAND RAPIDS – The Grand Rapids Drive (12-14) went on a 27-7 run in the fourth quarter to pull away and beat the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (14-12) at home Friday night by a final score of 123-105. Newly signed two-way player and Michigan State product Kalin Lucas led the way with 27 points, six rebounds and nine assists in just 27 minutes off the bench.
Marcus Thornton scored 24 points as well for the Drive and Todd Withers tied his season best with 21 points and also added seven rebounds. The Drive’s other new two-way player Isaiah Whitehead fought off some struggles with his shot and recorded 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Johnny Hamilton and Michael Bethea Jr. also scored in double figures for the Drive to give them six players with at least 10 points.
For Fort Wayne, Edmond Sumner had a big game with 33 points (30 of them coming in the first three quarters), drawing 12 free throw attempts. Rob Gray scored 19 points off the bench and Stephan Hicks had an efficient 16 points and seven rebounds despite being limited to 24 minutes with some foul trouble.
The Drive jumped on the Ants from the beginning, building a 24-point lead early, pouring in 42 points in the first quarter to beat their previous season high for the first quarter by eight points. Thornton scored 15 points in the first 12 minutes. But the Mad Ants spent the following two quarters chipping away at the deficit, ultimately entering the fourth quarter down just two and re-taking the lead. The Drive responded in the fourth to earn their fifth win in their last seven games.
Ultimately, Grand Rapids missed their season high for points in a game by just two. They shot 47-of-95 (49 percent) from the floor and knocked down 16-of-36 (44 percent) three-pointers.