Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Earl Barron and the Iowa Energy Tie D-League Win Record
Energy Tie D-League Win Record
Des Moines, IA, Mar. 26, 2010 – Point guard Curtis Stinson finished with a triple-double and Cartier Martin scored 30 points to lead the Iowa Energy to a 112-108 overtime victory against the Dakota Wizards Friday night in Des Moines. The win is the 36 th of the season for Iowa, which moves them into a tie with the 2007-2008 Idaho Stampede for the most wins ever in a D-League season. The Energy have three regular season games remaining to try to break the league record.
Martin fueled the Energy in the first half as he poured in 17 points to give the Energy at 48-41 lead a the break. Renaldo Major’s three-point play near the end of the 3 rd quarter brought Dakota to within two points. Stinson responded as he drilled a three-pointer as the 3 rd quarter buzzer sounded to stretch Iowa’s lead back to five points.
Iowa held a four point lead with only 1:12 remaining in the game when Dakota’s Lester Hudson, on assignment from the Memphis Grizzlies, made a three-pointer to cut the lead to one. After Stinson went one of two from the free throw line, Hudson made a short jumper in the lane to tie the game. Stinson was unable to get a shot off at the end of regulation and the teams headed for overtime at 102 a piece.
Iowa’s Earl Barron scored the first four points of the overtime session to put the Energy in front. Hudson responded by scoring four straight points of his own to knot the score at 108. The teams traded misses before Iowa’s Pat Carroll made a layup with 1:10 left to give the Energy a two point lead. The teams again traded misses, giving Dakota the ball with 0:03 left. The Wizards in-bounds pass from under their basket went between Darren Cooper’s legs and rolled out of bounds to give Iowa the ball. Energy center Earl Barron calmly hit two free throws to ice the game.
Stinson’s triple-double included 20 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists. Stinson also set the record for the most assists in any D-League regular season as he now has 516 on the year. Earl Barron added 25 points and 14 rebounds in the victory.
Dakota was led by Renaldo Major’s 14 points and 12 rebounds while Hudson added 15 points and 10 rebounds. The Wizards fall to 27-20 on the year.
The Energy host Dakota again on Sunday, March 28 th at 4pm. For tickets, visit www.iowanba.com or call 515-564-8550.