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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 3:52 pm

Poythress breaks out to lead Mad Ants

Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette

Alex Poythress broke out of his scoring doldrums, totaling 28 points, and lifting the Mad Ants to a 120-112 victory today over the Long Island Nets in New York.

Poythress, a rookie, had not eclipsed 20 points in his previous six games, after doing so in five straight. He came in with a team-leading 18.2 points per game and then made 9 of 15 shots, 10 of 12 free-throw attempts and totaled nine rebounds for the Mad Ants, who led 72-60 by halftime in front of 229 fans at the Barclays Center.

Stephan Hicks added 25 points – he was 4 of 7 from 3-point range – as the Mad Ants (14-7) improved to 1-1 on their eight-game road trip.

Travis Leslie scored 22 points and Trey McKinney Jones had 20 for the Mad Ants, who shot 49 percent from the field.

Long Island (8-16) shot a superior 53 percent, led by R.J. Hunter’s 22 points and J.J. Moore’s 20, but the Nets fell to 5-9 at home while the Mad Ants are 5-3 on the road.

Former Indiana University star Yogi Ferrell had six points for Long Island, while Fort Wayne got a combined four points from their former IU players – Nick Zeisloft and Christian Watford.

The Mad Ants play 7 p.m. Thursday at Westchester, New York.