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NAZ Suns Can’t Complete Sweep of Wolves

By Jacob Withee | March 20, 2019

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – All was well for the Northern Arizona Suns through the first three quarters on their way to sweeping the season series against the Iowa Wolves, and then the fourth quarter happened.

The Wolves outscored the Suns 27-10 in the final frame to win at the Findlay Toyota Center 115-105. The Wolves improved to 20-29 with their third straight win, while the Suns dropped to 11-38, falling for the fourth straight time.

The Suns didn’t miss much through the first three, shooting 41-of-73 (.562), including 11-of-25 (.440) from distance. They built a 95-88 lead after three, never trailing and leading by as many as 14 points.

The fourth quarter was completely different for both teams. The Wolves made 11-of-18 (.611) from the field and outrebounded NAZ 16-4 in the fourth quarter. The Suns scored a team-record low 10 points in the quarter, making 3-of-18 (.167) shots, 1-of-9 (.111) from beyond the arc.

For the game, the Suns finished at 44-of-91 (.484) and 12-of-34 (.353) from deep. They attempted just eight free throws the entire game, making five of them. The Wolves made 47-of-84 (.560) from the floor, adding 14-of-18 from the charity stripe. Iowa outrebounded NAZ 48-30.

Aaron Epps led the Suns with 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting and seven rebounds. This marked his fifth 20+ point game of the season. Peter Jok recorded his 10th 20+ point game of the year with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-7 from downtown, to go with six rebounds. Hollis Thompson had 16 points, four rebounds and three assists. Daxter Miles Jr. tallied 13 points, three assists and three steals in his third straight start. Off the bench were Daniel Dixon (13 points, 4-5 3PT, four rebounds) and ShawnDre Jones (12 points, 6-8 FG, eight assists).

Denver Nuggets’ Two-Way guard Brandon Goodwin had the game’s lone double-double with 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting, 11 assists and five rebounds. Hakim Warrick recorded 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting, eight rebounds and three blocks. C.J. Williams notched 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Marquise Moore had a game-high 12 rebounds to go with nine points, while Jaylen Johnson powered the Wolves’ bench with 15 points (7-10 FG) and five rebounds.

The Suns will end their 2018-19 campaign on Saturday at 7 p.m. PT against the South Bay Lakers. It will be the team’s second annual Salute to Heroes Night, where the Suns will honor our military and first responders. The Wolves will end their season on Friday at the Salt Lake City Stars at 6 p.m. PT.

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