DES MOINES, Iowa – Playing in front of a season-high 3,388 fans at Wells Fargo Arena on Friday night, the Iowa Wolves closed the 2021-22 season with a 124-114 win over Oklahoma City.
Iowa (15-17) and Oklahoma City (15-20) played another exciting back-and-forth contest for the second consecutive night as each team was still alive for the sixth and final Western Conference playoff spot going into the game. However, the Wolves were eliminated with Santa Cruz’s overtime win at Austin tonight.
The Wolves’ Matt Lewis poured in a career-high 30 points behind a career-best eight three-pointers to lead all scorers. Chris Silva returned after missing Thursday’s game and dominated with a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds.
McKinley Wright recorded his third-straight points/assists double-double with 13 points and 10 assists. Melvin Frazier Jr. had his second-straight points/assists double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Oklahoma City built its largest lead of the game at 12 points minutes out of halftime. Iowa countered with a 14-0 scoring run for its first lead since late in the first quarter. The Blue answered with their own run to lead by seven midway through the third. They ended the period with a two-point lead and the two teams traded baskets into the fourth until OKC led by four with 9:40 left after Georgios Kalaitzakis made a layup.
Lewis’ hot shooting kicked in as he made his sixth three and Silva followed with a short jumper as Iowa took the lead 98-97. The Wolves kept the run going outscoring the Blue, 16-6, over the next few minutes to put the game away.
Iowa swept the season series over Oklahoma City. Zavier Simpson was its leading scorer with 27 points while Rob Edwards had 23 points. Kalaitzakis scored 19 points off the bench.