DES MOINES, Iowa — Balanced scoring carried the Iowa Wolves to a 116-109 win over the Salt Lake City Stars on Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Arena.
Iowa (9-7) had seven players score double figures led by Brandon Sampson who poured in a season-high 25 points off the bench. Sampson drilled five three-pointers and handed out a season-best five assists.
Salt Lake City (4-14) was paced by Carsen Edwards’ game-high 34 points while Jared Wilson-Frame had 24 points behind six three-pointers.
Iowa broke open a close game late in the fourth quarter and then held off the Stars in the final quarter.
Jordy Tshimanga nearly recorded a double-double with 16 points and eight rebounds. Leandro Bolmaro, who Minnesota assigned to Iowa earlier in the day, had 15 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals. Isaiah Miller had 14 points off the bench while Melvin Frazier Jr., who was acquired this week from Oklahoma City, scored 12 points in his first game with the Wolves. Isaiah Briscoe with 13 points and Vincent Edwards with 10 points were the other double figure scorers.
Wednesday’s meeting was the first of three-straight games between the two teams. The second game will be played Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. CT at Bruin Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Edwards Paces Stars with 34 Points in Defeat
SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Stars returned to action on Wednesday night following the NBA All-Star break but came up short as the Iowa Wolves took control in the fourth quarter, on their way to a 116-109 victory at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Brandon Sampson led the way for the Wolves, scoring nine of his team-high 25 points in the fourth quarter. All nine of Sampson’s fourth quarter points came in the form of three-point makes, including a transition three that pushed the Wolves lead to 14 with 6:01 left to play.
Carsen Edwards delivered one of his most complete games of the season, leading the Stars with 34 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two steals. For Edwards, Wednesday’s performance marks his sixth game of 30 or more points since the start of the 2021-22 regular season.
The Stars, who only played seven players, stayed with the Wolves throughout the evening, using a 5-0 run in the final 24.1 seconds of the third quarter to cut the Wolves lead to 87-82 to start the final frame.
Attrition appeared to play a factor down the stretch for the Stars, as the visitors were baited into five turnovers and allowed the Wolves to shoot 62.5 percent (10-of-16) from the floor and 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from deep.
Jared Wilson-Frame added 24 points to go along with seven assists for the Stars, while Yoeli Childs came off the bench with 14 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
Jordy Tshimanga contributed 16 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and three blocks for the Wolves and Melvin Frasier Jr., making his Wolves debut, added 12 points off the bench.
The two teams will meet again in Salt Lake City on Monday, Feb. 28 at Bruin Arena at Salt Lake Community College.